“This debut novel by Ayobami Adebayo is a portrait of a marriage in Nigeria beginning in the politically tumultous 1980s.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“The desire – no, make that the need – to have a child is the driving force of this novel set in Nigeria at the turn of this century.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“A stunning debut novel.”
This is the high praise that Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times has thrown at the novel, Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo.
This is not the only acclaimed recognition that this book and its author has received.
— 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, Paste Magazine, 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
This celebrated and unforgettable novel is the tale of the couple, Yejide and Akin. The two fell in love at university and got married. Their bond was unshakeable as although many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide had always agreed that their union would be one of monogamy.
Problems arise in the relationship as after four years of marriage, consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures, Yejide is still not with child. So much of the two’s relationship comes into question when Yejide’s own family arrives on her doorstep with another young woman, who they introduce as Akin’s second wife.
Emotion is alive in Akin’s first wife – shock, anger and raging jealousy.
Desperate to save her marriage, Yejide uses the only alternative left to get pregnant. This comes at a great cost. One that is far greater than she had dared to imagine.
This deeply moving novel begs the question – how much will we sacrifice for the sake of family?