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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.
'There are things even love can't do ...If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love ...' 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 - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.
Closing date: 04/10/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'Ayobami Adebayo is an extremely talented and sensitive writer ... Fantastic' -- Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation
'Colourful, vibrant, energetic - a stunning tale of what happens when societal expectations collide with reality' -- Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare
'A compulsive read ... Just brilliant. Adebayo is an astounding storyteller - an exciting addition to the emerging voices in African writing' -- Jennifer Makumbi, author of Kintu and winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition
'Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, suddenly I was left wondering all over again. I read it late into the night - Ayobami Adebayo definitely owes me several hours of sleep!' -- Chibundu Onuzo, author of The Spider King's Daughter
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd March 2017|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Book Club Recommendations, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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. Click here to read Ayobami Adebayo discuss her debut novel Stay with Me.More About Ayobami Adebayo