Stay With Me

Stay With Me

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"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 has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked and livid with healousy, 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."--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780451494603
0451494601
Branch Call Number: Adebayo, A
ADEBAYO A
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm

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International Fiction: Yejide and Akin met and married while in college. But after Yejide is unable to conceive a child, her parents introduce the couple to Akin's second wife.


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Feb 07, 2018

Beautifully written, emotionally intense story of a marriage, set in modern urban Nigeria. Narrated alternately by wife Yejide and husband Akin, who share intimacies and betrayals as they respond in different ways to family and cultural pressures (including unwilling polygamy) and personal tragedies including parenting children with sickle cell. Ayobami Adebayo 's strength is her unyielding compassion for her characters. The best compliment I can pay is that I finished reading with highly conflicted feelings about one character whose actions really merit contempt. An enlightening portrait of extended family relationships. Particularly strong is Yejide's journey from unhappy daughterhood to romantic young adulthood to heartbreaking motherhood. Ends with a reunion and the hope of reconciliation.

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