Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in hip San Francisco. On the cusp of seventy-five, she is in good health and makes the most of it, enjoying road trips in her vintage Porsche, chatting to strangers, and recollecting characters from her favourite novels. Then she has a fall and her independence crumbles. Without the support of family, she relies on friends and chance encounters. As Morayo recounts her story, moving seamlessly between past and present, we meet Dawud, a charming Palestinian shopkeeper, Sage, a feisty, homeless Grateful Dead devotee, and Antonio, the poet whom Morayo desired more than her ambassador husband. Like a Mule bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a subtle story about ageing, friendship and loss, this is also a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.

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Africa in Words

02 May 2017
7.0
With her faithful old Porsche Buttercup, her toe-rings and her zest for life, Dr. Morayo Da Silva is a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman whose 75th birthday is just around the corner. A retired English professor, her love of literature, flirtatious persona ...
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Olisa.tv

01 May 2017
8.0
Dr. Morayo Da Silva isn’t the name of the author; it’s the name of the latest character in African literature, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and her voice is strong and at once absorbing. Witty and full of hum ...
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xokigbo.com

01 May 2017
8.0
There are many reasons to read Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novella, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. It is a thoughtful, gentle, dignified and deeply insightful work with pretty, no, elegant prose thrown in for good measure. The beauty and dep ...
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Brittle Paper

01 May 2017
9.0
Sarah Ladipo Manyika is a virtuoso at offering the gentle word that can break a bone. Her defiance in written words is as dense and mined as rich fruitcake. Her publishers, Cassava Republic Press urge us to read her new book Like a Mule Bringing Ice ...
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The Writes of Woman

01 May 2017
8.0
Doctor Morayo Da Silva has led quite a life. Married at twenty-two to thirty-seven year old ambassador, Caesar, she’s seen the world. Discovering Caesar had another wife and finding it difficult to conjure up any enthusiasm for menu planning and pr ...
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The Wormhole

01 May 2017
8.0
Morayo is a book-loving English Literature Professor. Originally from Nigeria, her life has taken her around the world before she finds her place in San Francisco – she thinks often of returning to Africa but feels it wouldn’t be right. At 75 yea ...

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Publisher:

Cassava Republic Press

ISBN:

978-1-911-11504-5

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Goldsmiths Prize, Nominated (2016)

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