Stay with Me

  • by Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 thousands of 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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A moving portrait of motherhood & family life

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This story, set in 1980s Nigeria, was a slow-burner for me. I nearly gave up on it in the first few chapters because it reminded me of other novels set in Nigeria. But I'm so glad I stuck with it because it blossomed into a powerful portrayal of the pressures women face from family, society, tradition and their own biological make-up, to have children. It also addresses the painful reality and grief surrounding infertility, impotence and the trauma of losing babies/young children to illness.

The plot was well conceived and executed, giving weight to both the mother and the father's side of the story. The bittersweet ending was very well planned and helped to turn a tragic tale into one of hope for the future. The characters were many and varied and the author managed to introduce some humour (as well as horror) into a story that left me feeling sad and thoughtful.

The narration was excellent, full of light and dark tones and beautiful expression.

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- bookylady

Beautiful realism

This is a very beautifully written story about an issue which is still very real and taboo in Nigeria, causing many women to suffer unnecessarily. I couldn't put the book down. Adjoa Andoh is one of my favourite narrators and she didn't disappoint. Good, but not perfect attempts at Yoruba, but she still made it sound like she knew it well. This book left tears in my eyes.
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- Linn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: Canongate Books