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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me

  • Hardcover $25.95

    Aug 22, 2017 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Aug 22, 2017 | 272 Pages

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys prize for Women’s Fiction

“Adebayo shows great promise in her debut novel. Her methodical exposure of her characters’ secrets forces the reader into continual reevaluations and culminates in a tender, satisfying conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred and Boxed Review)
“Adebayo gifts readers with an emotionally powerful first novel that relies less on literary artifice and more on old-fashioned storytelling. She plumbs the depths of the loving marriage of Akin and Yejide, a couple complete in themselves, until Akin’s family sows division by excoriating Yejide for failing to produce children… Adebayo’s work makes a blazing entry onto the list of young, talented writers from Nigeria. Readers who pick up this debut novel will not put it down until they’ve finished.”
—Ally Bissell, Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Ayobami has a thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own. Her clever and funny take on domestic life and Nigerian society is a welcome addition to her country’s burgeoning literary scene. . . . A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride.” –The Guardian
“This deeply impressive novel of infertility, loneliness and longing is the first by the hotly-tipped Adebayo and it packs a tremendous punch.” –Daily Mail
“Affecting and powerful. . . . Adebayo’s prose is a pleasure: immediate, unpretentious and flecked with whip-smart Nigerian-English dialogue. She handles weighty themes with an absence of sentimentality.” –Sunday Times
“This terrific first novel (shortlisted for the Baileys women’s prize for fiction) deals with the daily stresses of living with the political upheavals of the time but the real drama is happening in Yejide’s womb. Adebayo unfolds the many layers of truth with insight and skill.” –The Times (UK)
“This impressive debut creates, in deceptively simple prose, a portrait of a marriage in crisis in a deeply patriarchal and oppressive society.” –Mail on Sunday
“Ayobami Adebayo’s enthralling debut strikes deep, dark and true. . . . It touches the emotions through its realistic portrayal of hope, sorrow and all too human weakness.” –Irish Times
“This confident and fearless writer challenges us to think about marriage from all perspectives in her first novel . . . Stay With Me is the closely observed, heartbreaking and original tale of the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves from severing the very bonds that make us.” –ELLE (UK)

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