Stay With Me

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Stay With Me

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“Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely” Margaret Atwood

“She writes not just with extraordinary grace but with genuine wisdom about love and loss and the possibility of redemption. She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A compulsive read… Stay With Me is a conversation in a troubled marriage across decades, one that holds out the hope for restitution, and the ultimate triumph of love.” Molara Wood, The Guardian Nigeria

“Adebayo’s prose is a pleasure: immediate, unpretentious and flecked with whip-smart Nigerian-English dialogue.” Francesca Angelini, Sunday Times

“Stay with Me is that rarest of accomplishments – a richly imagined novel that boasts not only great literary sophistication but also a narrative drive so compelling that one finds it difficult to put down the book.” Rotimi Babatunde, Winner 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing

“Adebayo is an astounding storyteller – an exciting addition to the emerging voices in African writing.” Jennifer Makumbi, author of Kintu and winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

“Stay with Me is a wise and deeply humane debut novel that unpeels the layers of politics in a marriage from the inside.” Sarah Jessica Parker

“An absolute must-read and a story that will be shared for many decades to come.” —Emma Roberts, Refinery29

“Beautiful… Phenomenal… A layered story of love, sacrifice and hope… Adebayo’s debut is undoubtedly one of the best reads of this year.” —Lihle Z. Mtshali, Essence.com

“Adebayo unfolds the many layers of truth with insight and skill.” The Times

“It’s a bighearted book, taking no shortcuts with the humanity of its characters; in a plot marked by cruelty and betrayal, there are no villains.” Chicago Tribune

“This confident and fearless writer challenges us to think about marriage from all perspectives in her first novel . . . Stay With Me is the closely observed, heartbreaking and original tale of the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves from severing the very bonds that make us” ELLE

“This tale of a Nigerian couple under familial pressure to conceive is a subtle and unsentimental triumph . . . A tale of real complexity and humanity, part psychological observation and social study.” Financial Times

Honours for Stay with Me.

Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction

Shortlisted for the 9mobile Prize for Literature

Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize

Longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize

A Book Expo America Book Buzz Panel Pick

A New York Times Notable Book

A Guardian Best Book of 2017

One of The Wall Street Journal’s best books of 2017

A New York Public Library’s Best Book of 2017

A YNaija Notable Book of 2017

A New York Times’ Critics’ Top Book of the Year

One of Channels Book Club’s Best 20 Nigerian Books of 2017

One of San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2017

One of NPR’s Best Books of 2017

One of Quartz Africa’s favourite African Books of 2017

One of The Economist’s Best Books of 2017

One of Buzzfeed’s “24 Best Fiction Books of 2017.”

A Paste Magazine’s Best Book of 2017

A Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2017

One of Huffington Post’s Best Feminist Books of the Year

A Southern Living Best Book of 2017

One of HelloGiggles’ Best Book of 2017

A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2017

One of Media Diversified’s “Top 15 Books by Novelists of Colour Published in 2017.”

One of Emerald Streets “Books We Loved in 2017.”

One of The New York Post’s Most Thrilling and Fascinating Books of the Year

One of Amazon’s top 100 books of 2017