Book Title: Stay With Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Publisher: Canongate Books
Publication Date: March 2nd 2017
Genre(s): Cultural, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Format Received: ARC (eBook)
Goodreads: ‘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.
My Review: I would like to thank Ayobami Adebayo, Canongate Books and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Stay With Me. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
Stay With Me is both breathtakingly stunning and breathtakingly heartbreaking at the same time.
What a journey! Pleeeeeeeeease allow me to score more that 5 stars, it truly deserves more.
Adebayo portrays so much heartache throughout the novel, it engulfed me entirely. The whole story was so intense in the way it depicted the lengths love will go to and the lies that people deceive others by that I felt like a blanket had been wrapped tightly around me and it refused to unravel me.
I’m absolutely overjoyed that this book has been shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It truly deserves to be there. If this is Ayobami Adebayo’s debut … I’m blown away thinking about her next novel!
About the Author: 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. STAY WITH ME- UK (Canongate, March 2017) US (Knopf, August 2017) is her debut novel. For more information about Ayobami Adebayo, visit her website.