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Stay With Me: A novel Paperback – July 10, 2018
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About the Author
AYOBAMI ADEBAYO's stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, and has worked as an editor for Saraba Magazine since 2009. She also has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. She has received fellowships and residencies from Ledig House, Sinthian Cultural Centre, Hedgebrook, Ox-Bow School of Art, Ebedi Hills and the Siena Art Institute. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Yejide and Akin have been trying to get pregnant for years. In their culture, there's immense pressure from their families to have children, and though they have deliberately avoided polygamy, the time finally comes for Akin to take on a second wife.
This initiates a series of tragic events for Yejide and Akin, particularly when Yejide finally gets pregnant.
There are many layers to this story, which is told from both Yejide's and Akin's perspectives. Their mutual desperation causes a permanent rift in their once blissful marriage, each of them making sacrifices that seem right at the time but have lasting consequences.
This is a compelling and powerful book, in spite of my never feeling as emotionally invested in it as I would have liked. In many ways it reads as a parable about secrets, betrayal and desperation.
Marriage, family, loss and redemption are some of the things that make up the lives of Akin and his wife, Yejide, as they face the disgrace of having no children after four years of marriage in their home country of Nigeria. The customs of Nigerian society and culture often dictated what decisions people made, but Akin and Yejide were not for polygamy, even though each had fathers with multiple wives.
The story is told by each of them, and it is a very emotional one. Loss is a major theme, and it is quite sad and heart wrenching. That is what hit me hardest as I read. The losses this couple faced were of several kinds, unexpected and life-changing.
The author did an excellent job of keeping me so involved with the story that I read all but the last few pages in one sitting. The characters seem very real and the dialogue natural. I came away feeling that I know this family, and that I know much more about Nigeria than I did before I started to read. An excellent book.
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The struggle to continue after such pain and continuous tragedy and betrayal. Such strength.
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“Stay With Me” is a fine example of a story which takes one cultural premise and explores its consequences for a particular group of people.Read more