Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo


‘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

Lisa Wise – ‘Stay With Me is beautifully written and gives an insight to the Nigerian culture…A fantastic debut novel.’

‘Stay With Me’ is beautifully written and gives an insight to the Nigerian culture. Particularly the hierarchy within the family & the importance of having children.

The book is written from the view of Yejide who is hoping for a miracle baby & Akin her husband. Each chapter alternates between Akins story & Yejide’s.

This is a bittersweet story which as a mother myself was very poignant, it depicts the love of a mother for her child perfectly. It also shows the utter desperation after the loss of a child for both parents.

There are lots of twists and turns involved in the story and all is not as it seems.

A fantastic debut novel

Thank you to lovereading and Canongate books for allowing me to review this book.

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