'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.

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Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.

Homeland Reviews

18 Apr 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 ...

The Press and Journal<

27 Mar 2017
Ayobami Adebayo’s sensitive, exposing first novel is about the lies and false hopes we tell ourselves to stay sane, and the cataclysmic impact the decisions we make can have on the people we love. Framed by a funeral taking place in Nigeria in 2008 ...

The Guardian

19 Mar 2017
The childless protagonist of Ayòbámi Adébáyò’s Baileys-longlisted debut is so desperate to get pregnant that she breastfeeds a goat. It happens at the top of “the Mountain of Jaw Dropping Miracles” in southwest Nigeria, surrounded by drool ...

Writing Women's Fictio

19 Mar 2017
I was given this NetGalley copy in return of an honest review. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read all year. It’s so rare that I give a book five stars but by the end of the book I found myself turning the last page and whisper ...

Srishti & Yomna

19 Mar 2017
This book is about a woman called Yejide and her husband Akin. All Yejide wants is a child, it’s what her family and her husband’s family want. After several years of marriage, Yejide and her husband have none. So Akin’s family forc ...

The Boozy Bookworm

19 Mar 2017
It does not matter whether the story is set in Nigeria or Northampton, the issues that Ayobami tackles so sensitively in her debut novel are the same. Titles are so important, and this one, in particular, works on so many levels. Tragedy, heartbreak, ...

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