Booksmith hosts the launch for Sarah Ladipo Manyika's second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. Sarah will be in conversation with Daniel Handler.
Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in Cole Valley, 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 favorite 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 and mesmerizing meditation on aging, friendship, and loss. It is also a nuanced portrait of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.