Book 60 of Year 2017 – “Stay with me” by Ayobami Adebayo

Official Title – Stay with Me

Genre – Fiction

Book Length – 304 pages

Reading Time – 4 hours

Style/ Plot – This book took me through a range of emotions with its various twists and turns. How can I describe it?

Ayobami starts this novel with sentences that lure you into the different angles this tale will take. She starts in 2008, thrusts you to 1987 and back again into 2008. It annoys me in a good way when a writer does the suspense kills me..

With this book, she tells the story of Yejide and Akin who are in love, married and have everything except children. The hurt of being virtually abandoned as a child, the hope of finding love that rises above everything, the betrayal of family and spouses…the many stories that breakout of this bond between a husband and a wife.

You will be forgiven to think this is the usual Nigerian/ African story about the pressure to have children. It is much more than that.

Recommendation – I am finding it very difficult to review this book without giving spoilers but this is what I will say: If you are looking for a book whose author has the skills of a distinguished oba palace storyteller, Ayobami is your author.
She writes this story in such a way that you just have to finish the book in one sitting. If you have never visited any of the places she mentions or understand any of the traditions expressed, she quickly describes these in a way that makes you feel you know everything about polygamy, Abiku, Yoruba people, Ife and Ilesa.

Rating – 4.5/5


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