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Ayobami Adebayo's stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. She also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. Ayobami has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from Ledig House, Hedgebrook, Threads, Ebedi Hills and Ox-Bow. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. A surprising, emotional, and courageous novel, one where the words and feelings gradually unwind from the page and take up residence in your mind. Set in Nigeria during the 1980s, this is a story that at first feels like a window into another world, yet one that is somehow recognisable, as feelings are translatable, wherever they may be felt. Yejide desperately wants a child, her entire world collapses when her in-laws insist on her husband Akin marrying a new wife, in order to bear him children. We see the couple, feel their thoughts, the hurt and sorrow on both sides. I couldn't stop reading, yet the rawness, the pain was in every turn of the page. Unexpected revelations smacked into my awareness, turned my thoughts, captivated me further. Ayobami Adebayo, in her debut novel, writes with a clear and simple intensity. ’Stay With Me’ is utterly compelling, provocative, and a truly beautiful read. ~ Liz Robinson March 2017 Debut of the Month. Click here to read Ayobami Adebayo discuss her debut novel Stay with Me.
Yejide hofft auf ein Wunder. Sie will ein Kind. Ihr geliebter Mann Akin wunscht es sich, ihre Schwiegermutter erwartet es. Sie hat alles versucht: Untersuchungen, Pilgerreisen und Stogebete - vergeblich. Dann nimmt ihre Schwiegermutter das Heft in die Hand und stellt Akin eine zweite Frau zur Seite. Eine, die ihm ein Kind schenken kann. Dabei haben sich Akin und Yejide entgegen der nigerianischen Sitten entschieden, keine zweite Frau in die Ehe zu holen. Doch jetzt ist sie da, und Yejide voller Wut und Trauer. Um ihre Ehe zu retten, muss sie schwanger werden - aber um welchen Preis? Ayobami Adebayos Debutroman erzahlt mit emotionaler Kraft eine universelle Geschichte. Wie viel sind wir bereit zu opfern, um eine Familie zu bekommen?
Yejide i Akin son un jove matrimoni a la Nigeria dels anys vuitanta. En una societat poligamica, ells, sabent-se enamorats, decideixen ser una parella monogama. Pero els problemes comencen quan no arriben els fills, fet que socialment i familiarment es considera una catastrofe. Akin accedira a casar-se gairebe d'amagat amb una segona esposa. Indignada i gelosa, Yejide sap que l'unica manera de salvar el seu matrimoni sera aconseguir quedar-se embarassada. En la tradicio de Chinua Achebe i Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, la primera novel*la d'Ayobami Adebayo tracta temes universals -amor, familia, traicio, culpa- en una historia apassionant sobre les relacions humanes, les expectatives vitals que ens fem a la joventut i sobre el desig, de vegades incontrolable, de tenir fills. Rebuda com un autentic fenomen literari, Queda't amb mi es la historia de dos personatges que s'enfronten desesperadament a les frustracions i les perdues que la vida els imposa. Millor llibre de l'any per a The Guardian, The Economist i The Wall Street Journal, entre altres. Finalista del Premi de ficci Baileys Women.
WINNER OF THE 9MOBILE PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 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.
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, PasteMagazine, 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"e;A stunning debut novel."e;Michiko Kakutani,The New York TimesThis 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 Measks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.