Stay With Me (Hardback)Ayobami Adebayo (author)
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Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018
Shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 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'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.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 29 mm
"Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely" - Margaret Atwood
"A thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own . . . clever and funny . . ." - Guardian
"Has a remarkable emotional resonance and depth of field [ . . . Adebayo] is an exceptional storyteller. She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book." - New York Times
"One of the must-reads books of the year so far: Stay With Me has it all" - Stylist
"Affecting and powerful . . . Adebayo's prose is a pleasure." - Sunday Times
"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
"...a subtle and unsentimental triumph . . . A tale of real complexity and humanity, part psychological observation and social study" - Financial Times
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