Book review: Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

The book:

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group

1782119604.01._SX180_SCLZZZZZZZ_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.

My thoughts…

This is a sad book with sympathetic characters, as well as a backdrop of superstition and politics – but neither of the latter is ever overdone. The Nigerian setting makes for a fascinating read and gives an insight into a new culture which is something I always like when I’m reading.

We know from early on that something is not quite right with the relationship between Yejide and husband Akin. Although they are very much in love, Yejide is blamed for their lack of children – although we have hints the problems are not down to her at all.

Then second wife Funmi doesn’t fall pregnant either – again it is clear something isn’t right …

This is a very readable book which is tinged with sadness but full of interesting and relatable characters. The dialogue is believable and well written, and makes for a really enjoyable and touching read overall. I found the novel really engaging and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

My rating: 9 out of 10


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