The Odds Are Against Cycling
by Nolie Yaogo
In a changing world full of poverty and uncertainty, many people struggle to find a constant in their lives; something that enables time to pass by that makes life worth living. For some, this element takes the form of a pet or a child. For Nolie Yaogo, however, her constant is her bicycle.
In this novel, Yaogo tells the story of young people integrating in poverty-stricken Burkina Faso. Though life is often difficult as she struggles to find a job and defeat established gender roles, there is one thing on which she can rely: her bicycle. The Odds Are Against Cycling is a story of triumph against mounting odds, and ultimately, a love letter to a bicycle that was much more than a means of transportation. It was instead an instrument of improving quality of life through challenging times and events.
About the Author
Nolie Yaogo is an English teacher in Burkina Faso, where she has been a native for thirty-eight years. Yaogo has published one other novel, Les Plaisirs du MalLes Plaisirs du Mle, which was released in 2007. Her interests include reading, music, and of course, cycling.
(2012, paperback, 174 pages)