Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Literary Fiction · Great for: Older readers and anyone who loves to reminisce

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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.

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A wonderful story about ageing, friendship and loss, this brilliant short book is also a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.