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 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451494603 hardcover
0451494601 hardcover
electronic book
Branch Call Number: FIC ADEBAYO
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm

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funky_d
Nov 01, 2017

This is one of my favorite reads of 2017. The author is adept at use of duel point-of-view to tell us a complex story of the fracturing of a marriage. Add to that cultural expectations around family and societal norms. I learned a lot and also kept turning the page.

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FoxLarkin
Sep 21, 2017

A fascinating depiction of marriage complete with loss, grief, betrayal, cultural influences: woman marries man who is impotent, culture demands eldest, most valued son conceives an heir: polygamy is norm: son's mother procures another wife for son to impregnate: son eventually kills 2nd wife: son schemes with his younger brother to impregnate wife: she bears 3 children: one dies of SIDS, the second of sickle cell inherited blood disorder: 3rd lives with sickle cell but mother believes daughter had died of sickle cell after separating from husband.
Well written, pace of plot, impotency, death of 2nd wife introduced within believable context.

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ronandlynda
Sep 02, 2017

This book made the list of Real Simple Magazine August 2017's Five Books that Won't Disappoint.

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lostintheshelves
Nov 10, 2017

It was my first kiss.

Of course, I had swallowed saliva from the mouths of a few boys before then, had had my lips uncomfortably crushed, and wondered why there were so many people under the trees at different points on campus, mangling each other's lips every night. I understood why when I felt Akin's lips on mine. His lips stopped time. His tongue teased mine until it danced with his. When he drew back, I could not remember my name or anything else.

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