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“Stay With Me” by Ayobami Adebayo (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017; 257 pages)
Yejide and Akin have been in love since they met in university; they are happily married and successful in their careers, but there’s one thing causing strife among them and their family: Yejide has not had any children yet and Akin’s family is insisting he take a second wife. When Akin gives in, breaking his vow to Yejide, she fills with jealousy toward her new rival and is saddened at the loss of her mother-in-law’s support. She had been the only woman of her father-in-law’s many wives who treated her as a daughter. As Yejide resists becoming first wife instead of only wife, she goes to greater lengths to give birth than she ever has before. Akin does what he can to become a father and keep Yejide happy, but eachwill experience more grief before they learn of each other’s secrets and the depths they’ve each gone to in order to save their marriage. In the end, will love overcome?
This well-written debut from Adebayo goes deep into the subject of infertility and family while creating exciting impressions of the Nigerian landscape. Adebayo sets Yejide and Akin’s family turmoil against the social and political upheaval of the 1980s.
Jennifer Cyr is co-ordinator of library collections for the Region of Waterloo Library. She recommends: