Review: Stay With Me by Ayobame Adebayo

Title: Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Pages: 260 PAges

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday

The Blurb

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does–but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

The Review

Stay With Me is a story about the intricacies of marriage. For a westernised audience those nuances are completely different. You see, the story of Yejide and Akin’s marriage is influenced and centred around African tradition and culture.

Ayobami Adebayo discusses the unfairness of marital expectations on both sides; how familial responsibility can often lead to compromise and heartache and how it is the consequences of those choices that we have to deal with.

In reading Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo took me completely from my comfort zone but showed me that when you strip away culture and geographical differences marriage across the world comes with its own set of difficulties but ones that are completely relatable and that is what makes this story universal.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo is available now.

For more information regarding Ayobami Adebayo (@ayobamiadebayo) please visit www.ayobamiadebayo.com.

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