Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Sarah Ladipo Manyika Interview
If you have ever fallen in love, you'll surely understand Vanessa in Sarah Oladipo Manyika's novel, In Dependence. And, if you, like me, love cosmopolitan spirit, you'll love Tayo, Vanessa's Yoruba lover. Why, in Mahaja's name, couldn't this lovely pair be together? In Dependence is a beautiful novel, one that can help you understand and feel the ache of Nigeria not realizing its full promises. I loved Tayo, and of course, Vanessa. I love the writing. Plush, smooth, you almost don't feel like you're reading.
Anyway, here are some of what Sarah has to say about the novel:
"My intention was to write a story of unfulfilled love fraught with the weight of history, race and geography and intertwined with questions of belonging, aging, religious faith and family secrets. I also hoped that the novel might speak to the complexities of contemporary Africa, its Diaspora and its interdependence with the rest of the world."