SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear.
Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me is a story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the power of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves, and those we love, from heartbreak.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is an extraordinary novel from Ayobami Adebayo, a young Nigerian author. Set on the eve of Nigeria’s 1980s civil war, it follows Yejide and Akin, a married couple yet to conceive a much-desired first child. Soon, Akin is manipulated by his family into taking a second, younger wife. As Yejide’s world comes crashing down around around her, devastating family secrets come tumbling forth. Adebayo writes Yejide’s torment, jealousy, and almost demonic determination to fall pregnant with a heartbreaking, naked beauty that builds up to a staggering climax. Stay With Me is a work of truly astonishing writing.
I really loved the writing style of the author, it really got me hooked. The only thing was I kind of expected her husband to be impotent but that just made the entire story funnier. Yep definitely a recommended read for everyone.
An okay read
A beautiful story
This book has everything you want. I read it in three days because I simply didn’t want to do anything else. The characters engrossed me.