Stay With Me
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
GUARDIAN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017
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. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear.
Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me is a story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the power of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves, and those we love, from heartbreak.
I am impressed by the way the author is able to capture pain, love, loss, resentment ...
This book is about a Nigerian family, but could actually be about mine, or yours... we are in the XXI century, but women are still ostracized if their uterus doesn’t bear a fetus, either by choice or by fate.
This book is close to my heart by the way Yejide is treated because she is not a mother, because in Nigeria womanhood and motherhood are so closely intertwined ... but is it only in Nigeria?
I am constantly questioned about my life choices, judged by not being afraid to speak about them and yet I am European, work full time, married (well, technically...).
Later in the book, another complex situation arises: betrayal.
Do you need to be a mother to be a woman? What makes a good father?
Damn it, I still can’t believe this is a debut novel!
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