'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.


19 Nov 2017
"With an ending that has the capacity to break your heart and put it together again, Ayobami Adebayo gives us a novel that reminds us a mother’s love will forever endure." ...

The Oxford Student

04 Nov 2017
"Stay With Me is a story that hopes constantly for a miracle, despite the insistence of hardship and loss." ...

The Globe and Mail

27 Oct 2017
"Like The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma's 2015 debut, Stay with Me is a domestic novel set against Nigerian politics, to equal effect. More than backdrop or plot device, national politics is a macrocosm for the themes explored in the household." ...

San Francisco Chronicl

11 Oct 2017
"This is perhaps the most striking theme of the novel — how romantic love shattered by personal betrayal, societal pressure, family pressure, infertility and illness is not necessarily destroyed, but may endure in a new form. The story is ancient, ...

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 ...

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