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Publisher's Summary

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, short-listed for the prestigious Bailey's Prize and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage - and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does - but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay with Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

©2017 Ayobami Adebayo (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride." (The Guardian)

"Adebayo describes parenthood and love with heartbreaking prose. She deftly reveals secrets and the decisions that set life-altering events in motion. The story's fast pace brings surprising twists to Akin, Yejide, and their families' lives." (Booklist)

"Adjoa Andoh delivers a strong portrayal of this audiobook's main characters.... She virtually becomes the elder mothers and other family members who impact the couple's relationship.... This is a powerful novel that unfolds through Andoh's superb characterizations of the protagonists." (AudioFile)

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Unbelievably Powerful!!!

What a story and narration! I seldom rate audiobooks with more than 4 stars, but when it came to this, I had to give it a perfect score. The story hit me hard, and wouldn't let go. It was heartbreaking, yet at times, thankfully, a bit lighter to handle. It was really sad to see the extent to which this couple went to conceive children, and the effects it had on their marriage. As for the narration, all I can say is bravo! Her performance was flawless!!! She absolutely brought the story to life. To be honest, I don't think it would've made such an impression on me, had I just read the book. Without a doubt, the narrator put her heart and soul into the performance. I cannot say enough about the audiobook, other than to purchase it!😊👍🏼

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Read this if you like being depressed

I found this book hard to stomach, although it taught me some things about Nigerian culture. It does a good job showing how flawed humans can be and how we deceive both ourselves and others. But it is incredibly depressing. Also, it’s very strange that when the characters are telling their story to the reader, they speak with a British accent, but when they’re talking to each other, they use dialect. There are some surprises in the plot that kept me listening until the end, but I almost quit many times. I don’t recommend this book to anyone.

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Do better

I have returned this book and ordered the physical copy, I picked it up because of promising reviews from friends who have similar book tastes. After an hour of listening, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. If you are not Nigerian then you will probably have no qualms with the narration, but as someone that grew up in the culture this story is based on, the narration was like nails on a chalkboard. The narrator sounded like an American imitating a Nigerian accent, from the names of the characters to the inflections of the saying, everything was horribly wrong. I am an avid audiobook listener, I’ve listened to a plethora of books, many of them international that have narrators that came from the culture or was very well versed in it (see: the power of one, the tea girl of hummingbird land, American dervish). Would it have been so difficult to get a Nigerian narrator to do this book justice? Do better random house audio.

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There's a big problem here

Giving credit where it's due, this is well written and offers an interesting ie of a culture quite different from my own. But the BIG problem of the title ! Without giving away this major plot point, I just couldn't believe that Yijibe, a well educated woman, wouldn't figure out that something was wrong in the marriage. Even Akin's explanation wouldn't convince a reasonably smart woman. I liked the narration, although the dialect was a bit difficult to understand at times.

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Melodramatic, gripping

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the story is without the doubt designed as a melodramatic page turner rather than a deeper narrative. I enjoyed the performance when the story focused on the inner voice of the characters. Their speaking voices were done in stronger accented and overly caricature ways. This was so much do that I had trouble relating to characters the same way.

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New favorite book!

I am ranking this novel in my top ten. It is beautifully written and completely unique. I challenge anyone with a heart to listen and not shed tears and the reader is perfection.

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it got very weird about halfway through

the book had a lot of promise and had the opportunity to touch on a lot of complex topics. I think it was the mythical portions that made it start to turn awkward. I would have liked to just hear more about how this polygamous relationship evolved or did not evolve and how their love for each other triumphed over all.

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Plot Twist Back Flips

Awesome book! Great narration! Intriguing storyline! Read it in two days! Wonder if there will be a sequel? Hmm!

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great story and narration

loved this book! was captivated the entire time! highly recommended listening. the pronunciations were a bit weird (americanized ) and at some point I wondered if a non Yoruba person was narrating, but I understand that not only Yoruba people listen to this book. the ending had me wanting for more, but In retrospect, it is perfect. the pace was good, and there were some historical happenings that showed the author really did her research . this is the first Nigerian book that I've 'read' since I left Nigeria eons ago, but this has certainly gotten me into the mood of reading more naija books! I hope the author has other books of similar (or higher!) quality!

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OH MY GAWD!!!

This book is and should be THE #1 bestseller!!! I could not stop listening literally started and finished it in half a day. It is love, family, loyalty and a bit betrayal... my heart is still pounding 💚💚💚!!! Thank you Adjoa Andoh, stellar novel!!!

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