What I love about this book is how original it is. And already, starting a book review like this, it feels as though I will have nothing critical to say about it, but Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun really is unlike anything I have ever read.
Manyika tells the story of Dr. Morayo Da Silva, a seventy-five year old Nigerian woman living in sunny San Francisco. She’s a jovial, retired literature professor with a difficult past – the loss of her mother, divorce, infidelity, sexual assault. Manyika takes us on a journey as we experience the life, loneliness and small joys of Morayo.
What I (also) loved about the book is what Manyika does with literature; she wove the stories of dozens of real-life books and authors so beautifully into the narrative, teaching me a lot as I went along. This is the first book by Manyika I have read, and it will most certainly not be the last.
It’s a 8.5 out of 10 from me.