Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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Rating – 3/5 stars

Date Finished – September 25, 2017

84/120 in 2017

Publication Date – August 22, 2017

 

This book has gotten an enormous amount of attention and interest, so I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. It was a pleasure to read, and the story was moving – it’s about a woman who is in a monogamous relationship, but her husband’s parents are pushing him to take a second wife because Yejide cannot get pregnant. A second wife only causes Yejide to take more and more extreme measures to try and conceive, and the novel follows her struggle to please her family and to become a mother.

For some reason, and I can’t really identify why, the novel just didn’t land for me in the way it seems to for other readers. At times I felt like the action moved a little too quickly (but I also understand that not every novel can be an epic family story), and some of the character’s actions and motivations were unclear. Despite my qualms, I really enjoyed reading this novel, and found the story emotionally compelling and moving.

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