This month we will be discussing ‘Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun’ by Sarah Ladipo ManyikaThis
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 fiesty, 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 and mesmerising meditation on ageing, friendship and loss. It is also a nuanced portrait of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.
London edition of the African Reading Group (ARG!) is there to help readers keep up with the explosion of literature coming out of Africa and its diaspora. We are a ‘new voice’ reading group, focusing on short story collections, novels and some critical or non-fiction. From time to time we may go back to a classic of African literature — but the emphasis is on the new.
The books will be available at meetings to buy from Book and Kitchen,