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, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unraveling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colors, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

Stay With Me is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.

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“Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely”

—Margaret Atwood

“This deeply impressive novel of infertility, loneliness and longing is the first by the hotly-tipped Adebayo and it packs a tremendous punch”

—Daily Mail, UK

“Affecting and powerful . . . Adebayo’s prose is a pleasure: immediate, unpretentious and flecked with whip-smart Nigerian-English dialogue. There are only three first-time novelists on this year’s Baileys longlist; Adebayo deserves her spot among them”

—Sunday Times, UK

“A thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own . . . clever and funny . . . despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride”

Guardian, UK

“One of the must-reads books of the year so far: Stay With Me has it all, including big themes of love, grief and jealousy, a fantastic female protagonist plus it reads like a page-turning thriller”


“This impressive debut creates, in deceptively simple prose, a portrait of a marriage in crisis in a deeply patriarchal and oppressive society”

Mail on Sunday

“The writing is so painfully intimate that at times you want to put the book down. Fortunately, the brilliance of Adebayo’s storytelling stops you”

Daily Herald

“Ayobami Adebayo is an extremely talented and sensitive writer . . . Fantastic”

Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts Of No Nation

“Colourful, vibrant, energetic – a stunning tale of what happens when societal expectations collide with reality.”

—Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser Of Harare

“A compulsive read . . . Just brilliant. Adebayo is an astounding storyteller – an exciting addition to the emerging voices in African writing”

Jennifer Makumbi, author of Kintu

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