Stay With Me

Stay With Me

Book - 2017
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A New York Times Notable Book
The New York Times' Critics' Top Books of the Year
Named a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle , National Public Radio, The Economist, Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Southern Living , HelloGiggles, and Shelf Awareness
Huffington Post's Best Feminist Books of the Year
The New York Post's Most Thrilling and Fascinating Books of the Year
The New York Public Library's Ten Best Books of the Year

"A stunning debut novel." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel ("A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit." - The Guardian ), shortlisted for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage--and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
ISBN: 9780451494603
Branch Call Number: FIC Adeba
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 15, 2019

Absolutely loved this book. I listen to the audible while I drive. And the narrator made this so real for me. Love love love this book. I really enjoyed it. I could not stop listening finished in two days.

May 28, 2019

Excellent book. Love getting to know other cultures through good quality literature. This book is a perfect example of that. Highly recommend. It’s one of those books that you anticipate coming back to after dinner.

Nov 06, 2018

A heartbreaking story of a Nigerian couple’s desire to have children. Complicated by infertility and the Nigerian custom of taking a second wife to have children, interference by well-meaning family members, the death of children and the fear of facing a third child’s death sends the wife, Yejidi, away to lead a new life. The ending is masterfully written and brings closure to her empty life.

Sep 09, 2018

I don't know what it is about Nigeria, but has been fertile ground from writers going back to Chinua Achebe, whose "Things Fall Apart" is often the gateway to African literature for Americans. Other notable writers include playwright Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ayobami Adebayo joins this illustrious company with her strong debut novel, which is about marriage, politics, family, and polygamy.

Aug 28, 2018

don't read the reviews - just read the book and let the story unfold. lots of twists and turns as the marriage and the family are revealed.
good book - I just chose it for my book club to read.

Jul 24, 2018

This is a book about a marriage, looked at in universal ways that many people can relate to but also from the more cultural views of a Nigerian couple. It deals with a lot of issues and will evoke many strong opinions and emotions in you when you read it. I thought it was quite good and I will look for more work by this author in the future.

Jul 15, 2018

Yejide and Akin are husband and wife who’s lives become entwined in lies, loss, and polygamy. Narrated by Yejide and Akins own opinions of how their story came to be, make for a unique read.

May 08, 2018

Bailey's short list. Adebayo can certainly tell a story. However, this novel, narrated alternatively by a husband and a wife, raises the issues of polygamy and the necessity to have children, outside the context of patriarchy. The story does not really display any broader understanding beyond the events.

liljables Jan 12, 2018

Stay With Me was one of my favourite works of fiction in 2017. I haven't yet read a book by a Nigerian author that hasn't been completely satisfying! Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel is a compelling narrative that deals with the many, many intricacies of marriage and parenthood within the context of 1980s Nigeria. This novel may be triggering for those who have dealt with infertility or infant loss, but on the other hand, it may be comforting to recognize your own experiences in this narrative. I look forward to reading more from Adebayo.

DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Compelling portrait of marriage and a woman's life in Nigeria. Fabulous characters.

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