Making Life and Lemonade
AUTHOR MAMOTLADI IVY MATLOGA
FORMAT PORTRAIT, 200MM X 125MM, PAPERBACK
Making Life and Lemonade is a novel about the story of a hard-working career woman, Maki Mako, as told by herself. Maki takes the reader through her experiences as an unhappy employee, and the complications of also being a mother, and a wife.
The story begins with Maki exiting a satisfying position at an organisation where she had worked for a number of years, as a respected and revered manager. She accepts another managerial position in a new organisation, as a way to seek change and to grow in a new area of her career field. Her new supervisor, Lalang, is a far cry from the supervisor she had at her previous job, who was professional, diligent, fair and kind. Lalang thrives on gossip and cronyism more than anything that has to do with her official role.
When it becomes clear to both parties that they do not subscribe to the each other’s ways, it marks the beginning of a terrible, even toxic work relationship that sees mean and malicious words being regularly exchanged, and Maki dreading every work day morning. Her support circle is the only thing that keeps her going, including a fellow employee, Faith, whom Lalang always treated with contempt. Together they soldier on, support each other, even find ways to laugh about their situation, and at Lalang’s never-ending, often unbelievable schemes. But foremost on Maki’s mind remains the freedom she painfully longs for, and inbetween her unpleasant fights with her manager, she constantly works towards finding ways in which she could get back that freedom; and with it, her free-spirit and sanity.
Public servant and Author, Mamotladi Ivy Matloga (née Mananyetso)’s passion for the written and spoken word has seen her producing, in addition to her debut novel, Madness in Duggart, published in 2017, an e-book titled “Say It With Confidence!”. Born in Mamphokgo in Limpopo Province, Mamotladi lives in Pretoria with her husband, Molatelo, and their three sons.