Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2016.
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.
A subtle story about ageing, friendship, and loss, this is also a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.
Rights: non- English rights available
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press, Nigeria/UK
Publishing date: April 2016
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