Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and for several years taught literature at San Francisco State University. Sarah currently serves on the boards of Hedgebrook and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. She is Founding Books Editor at ozy.com. “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun,” her second novel, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, The California Book Award, and The Northern California Book Awards. Questions for Sarah? Or would your book club like to Skype with the author? Sarah would love to engage with your book club. To schedule, send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is Bookclubz' August Book of the Month.
Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The story of Morayo Da Silva, a seventy-five year old, cosmopolitan Nigerian woman living in hip San Francisco. She makes the most out of life, relying on family, friends, and chance encounters. She is a character we can all relate to and are unlikely to forget.
THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
This novel was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, an award for novels that “break the mold or extend the possibilities of the novel form.” In what ways do you think this book breaks the mold?
Morayo is 75 and brimming with sexuality. What other books do you know of that explore the sexual inner life of an older woman?
How would you explain the title of this novel? (A note at the beginning of the book tells us that the title is taken from Mary Ruefle’s poem ‘Donkey On’).