Adebayo’s Stay With Me on Phoenix Mag’s Five Best Books to Read in 2017

Well, hello there…Congratulations from all of us at BM. Can’t wait to review your book!


Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo

It is 1985 in Ilesa, Nigeria, and Yejide and Akin are happily married except for one thing – they have no children. After trying everything she can, Yejide is finally forced by her mother-in-law into a solution that may prove unbearable, and that leads to jealousy, betrayal, despair and worse.

This is an absolutely gorgeous, devastating novel that sets the struggles of a couple to have a family against not only long-standing cultural traditions, but also the social and political turmoil of 1980s Nigeria. The background events serve to make Yejide and Akin’s story more intimate; at heart Stay With Me is about the unbreakable bonds of love.

Stay With Me is Adebayo’s debut novel but it’s an accomplished piece of work with a distinct voice. It may be primarily set more than 30 years ago, but it’s still utterly relevant today, where large swathes of society still assess a woman’s worth by her ability to have children, and where love and happiness are the ultimate goal.



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