Stay With Me

Stay With Me

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2017
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Stay With Me
Yejide is a woman struggling to conceive a child, whose husband is persuaded by his family to take a second wife, while Yejide tries increasingly desperate... READ MORE
Molly at Chesham
Stay With Me
Incredibly accomplished debut
Set in Nigeria during the turbulence of the 1980s, Stay with Me is the story of married couple Yejide and Akin who are struggling to have a baby. The book... READ MORE
Jane at Llandudno


Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018

Shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

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.

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 9781782119463
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 29 mm

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Stay With Me
A stunning debut
I was given a free copy of Stay With Me by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Stay With Me grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let me go ... READ MORE
Stay With Me
At what Cost ?
This is the story of Yejide and Akin and is set in Nigeria. It tells the tale of a married couple who want to start a family and after years of trying Yeji... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Stay With Me
Absolutely beautiful debut
With her first novel, Nigerian author Ayobami Adebayo has given us a gem of a book. It is a story about loyalty, grief, and, above all, love. A family's lo... READ MORE
Femke Montagne
Stay With Me
A fantastic debut
This debut was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 after I came across an article about it in an issue of The Bookseller, and now that I've read it... READ MORE
Jess Gofton