Stay With Me

Stay With Me

Book - 2017
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"A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves" -- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9780451494603
Branch Call Number: FIC Adeb
Characteristics: 257 pages

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llwboston
Feb 07, 2018

Beautifully written, emotionally intense story of a marriage, set in modern urban Nigeria. Narrated alternately by wife Yejide and husband Akin, who share intimacies and betrayals as they respond in different ways to family and cultural pressures (including unwilling polygamy) and personal tragedies including parenting children with sickle cell. Ayobami Adebayo 's strength is her unyielding compassion for her characters. The best compliment I can pay is that I finished reading with highly conflicted feelings about one character who's actions really merit contempt. An enlightening portrait of extended family relationships. Particularly strong is Yejide's journey from unhappy daughterhood to romantic young adulthood to heartbreaking motherhood. Ends with a reunion and the hope of reconciliation.

liljables Jan 12, 2018

Stay With Me was one of my favourite works of fiction in 2017. I haven't yet read a book by a Nigerian author that hasn't been completely satisfying! Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel is a compelling narrative that deals with the many, many intricacies of marriage and parenthood within the context of 1980s Nigeria. This novel may be triggering for those who have dealt with infertility or infant loss, but on the other hand, it may be comforting to recognize your own experiences in this narrative. I look forward to reading more from Adebayo.

DPLjennyp Dec 12, 2017

Compelling portrait of marriage and a woman's life in Nigeria. Fabulous characters.

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funky_d
Nov 01, 2017

This is one of my favorite reads of 2017. The author is adept at use of duel point-of-view to tell us a complex story of the fracturing of a marriage. Add to that cultural expectations around family and societal norms. I learned a lot and also kept turning the page.

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FoxLarkin
Sep 21, 2017

A fascinating depiction of marriage complete with loss, grief, betrayal, cultural influences: woman marries man who is impotent, culture demands eldest, most valued son conceives an heir: polygamy is norm: son's mother procures another wife for son to impregnate: son eventually kills 2nd wife: son schemes with his younger brother to impregnate wife: she bears 3 children: one dies of SIDS, the second of sickle cell inherited blood disorder: 3rd lives with sickle cell but mother believes daughter had died of sickle cell after separating from husband.
Well written, pace of plot, impotency, death of 2nd wife introduced within believable context.

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ronandlynda
Sep 02, 2017

This book made the list of Real Simple Magazine August 2017's Five Books that Won't Disappoint.

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