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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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Adetoun Kolapo on 01-29-18

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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