I can't even remember when a book made me feel the way this one does. By the end, you are both filled with emotion and emptied of it. I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next. I really would like to continue their story, but I don't know if we will or not. it's been a few days since I finished reading it, which I read it in one sitting by the way oh, it's that good, andI still can't get it out of my head.
Wow. I'm halfway through, and there have been at least two distinct twist that caught me completely off guard. Off guard to the point where I had to set the book down for a second and think. I can't wait for the rest!
At times heartbreaking, this story delves into so many themes: infertility, family drama, marriage drama, grief. All this is set in Nigeria, which is going through its own challenges with political instability. The title is quite as apt, as this story will definitely stay with me for a long time.
This book is about a Nigerian husband and wife navigating marriage, infertility, cultural norms, grief, and loss. It was heavy, heart-breaking, and impactful, and I learned so much about the Nigerian customs around marriage and death. I was easily pulled into the characters‘ world, and shared in their grief and sorrow throughout.
This is SO GOOD. I was a little reluctant to pick it up, anticipating that its heavier subject matter would make it a difficult read. But I had a hard time putting it down, even as I was frustrated and angered by the heartbreak inflicted on each of the characters, by circumstances and by each other. It was also a fascinating counterpoint to An American Marriage, which I‘d read not too long ago (both #MakeMeReadIt picks!).
There wasn't one dull moment in this breathtaking novel of love, grief, grace, and one amazing woman who'll stay in my heart probably forever. Everything from the writing to the story, setting, characters was brilliant. This book has become an all-time favorite and I can't wait to re-read it. Can't recommend enough.
Apparently audiobooks have become my new jam- 5 out of 7 titles in July. 🎧📚💕
The overwhelming feeling from this novel is sadness, although the ending is more uplifting. It‘s written quite simply; generally short, blunt sentences. It takes you on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of a marriage. It kept on surprising me and every time I picked it up I just wanted to keep on reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Not a novel for readers who are sensitive about fertility issues & loss of children.
Very strong writing voice; well conveyed a sense of place & culture. Could have been edited down as the story sprawled - bit like Mahler & Wagner (GASP) with too many climaxes and the end was not believable. But, with all that the audio narrator made it a great listen.
I‘m only in the middle of listening to this novel and holy cow! What writing and narration. Completely drawn into the MC.
A mother must be vigilant. She must be able and willing to wake up 10 times during the night to feed her baby. After her intermittent vigil, she must see everything clearly the next morning so that she can notice any changes in her baby. A mother is not permitted to have blurry vision.
I picked this up after hearing the author on the robin ince book shambles podcast and it was an interesting read about the effects of sickle cell disease upon a Nigerian family. Told in the narrative voice of yejide and her husband akin it is a story about family, deception and loss. A book i enjoyed.
Semester break is over tomorrow. I don‘t want to go to work 😫 I‘ve got to stay late for nighttime registration- hopefully I can sneak a few chapters in 😝 #currentread
Sometimes you just read books at the wrong time. This is what happened to me here. Stay with Me is a fascinating exploration of marriage, motherhood, family and tradition in Nigeria. It was culturally eye-opening and beautifully told, tragic and hopeful at the same time, and complex. But my reading was interrupted by other more urgent tasks and came in the middle of some tricky personal circumstances. All of this meant I lost focus on the story.
I really wanted to finish this book today but I‘ve been struck down with a killer migraine for the last two days and can‘t handle reading at all. I‘m hoping some strong pain killers and a good sleep will do the trick.
Although “Stay With Me” is full of grief and sadness, it‘s beautifully written. Focused on marriage, love, family and motherhood, it explores how people need more than love to be truly happy. It wasn‘t perfect for me, but still a good 4 stars.
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Here‘s my haul from the library book sale! They had a great section of new hardcovers with special pricing—I haven‘t seen that before at a library sale in my area and it was really nice. All of these came to only $7.50; some were on my TBR already and then I found a few random impulse buys. I‘m most excited about finding Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo in perfect condition 😄
Soapiest book I‘ve read in quite a while. I‘m not sure what the lesson of the story is, except maybe you don‘t really ever know the one you‘re sharing your bed with. The relentless drama of family tragedy really wore me down. Someone else called it tragedy porn. I was just hoping for things to turn around, which (spoiler alert) they sort of do, eventually, I guess?
Heartbreaking and shocking, really. The story is told alternating between husband and wife, telling their difficult time having a family and staying together. I learned so much about Nigeria and the things that still happen there, politically and culturally. It gripped me but was definitely not a light read. #deepreadersclub
My book club is going to be mad at me because I just know l'll be the only one feeling meh about this book. I was never going to read it because of the fertility storyline but the tragedy porn is just too much. Spoiler comments continue my review below
Beautiful and depressing story, Yejide and Akin have a great marriage but they let familial and societal pressures get the best of them.
I love reading books by Nigerian authors because I get a glimpse of Nigerian culture, and get to see a bit of the political climate— the elections and coups that take place in the background.
So happy it's Friday. Only thing that would make it better is if I didn't have to work this evening. That way I could cuddle and read with Page...though she's more prone to biting than cuddling right now 😂. I started 'Stay with Me' last night and it is so good already! Does your weekend = reading? #PageTurner #booksanddogs #fridayreads
Absolutely loved this 2017 Baileys Prize Shortlisted book. I read it in essentially one sitting. It‘s been a long time since a book pulled me in like that. And I did end up having a wee bit of the Baileys as an accompaniment 😉 @24in48 #24in48
Same book, different beverage as I start round two of #24in48. I slept in to give me maximum staying power tonight. We‘ll see if that works...as soon as this cup is a little less full, I‘m adding some Baileys in a nod to this book‘s spot on the ‘17 Baileys Prize Shortlist-and just because it‘ll be kind of fun to have boozy coffee 😛 Perfect book for the Hour 12 Challenge, taking me to far away Nigeria and a cultural experience far from my own.
Last night Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing) doled our great questions and just the right about of praise for Ayobami Adebayo, who despite her brilliant work is incredibly humble.
I feel so lucky that I got to see the author of one of my favorite reads from 2017. Stay With Me is a beautifully sad novel and I‘m happy to finally own a copy!
If you haven‘t read this yet, I highly recommend it!