Friday 25 February 2022

Stay with me - Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Format: 298 pages, Paperback

Published: March 2, 2017 by Canongate



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, appeals to God. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Tired. Will make it short!

Best book so far this year, sure sure, it is only February, but yes it was one of those that I picked up and it was just good from the first line. Great writing, I got pulled in at once. And the book kept throwing punches that I did not see coming, or even knew could come.

The book takes place in the 80s in Nigeria. Yejide and Akin are happy, but both their families keep pressuring about kids. And she tries everything. Then his family shows up with a second wife... This is where things goes downhill, and hits every bump on that hill. And it is heartbreaking too, but I do not want to spoil how.

A really good book. Always expect more than you see. Recommended 


  1. It's not something I would have gone too but why not!

  2. 80s in Nigeria? I don't think I read that setting before.
    Glad this worked out for you!

  3. Oh wow, I'm not sure this is something I could read - depending what happens - but yay for best book of the year (so far) status!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  4. The best book can come early. Oh my, this sounds like a real heartbreaker.

  5. I wasn't aware of this one, but it is certainly being added to my TBR now. Great writing and a gorgeous cover!

  6. I'm glad to read that you liked it so much.

  7. I don't think I could read this one. I'd feel horrible for the first wife! How could they?! But wow, it's the best book you've read this year? Maybe.

    1. They loved each other, but then his family was all babies babies babies! But there is so much more beneath the surface

  8. Ooh, I am going to have to try to get my hands on this one.

  9. OOh best book so far this year sounds very interesting and short is good too.

  10. Uff-da, sounds like this one will punch you in the heart.



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