ANNOUNCE: Hedgebrook Resident Debut – Stay With Me

April 25, 2017

A 2015 Hedgebrook writer in residence from Nigeria is coming out with her first novel from Knopf.  An international but also locally incubated talent, Adebayo will be an interesting debut novelist to watch.

Adebayo, Ayobami.  Stay With Me.  Knopf, August 22nd.

Stay with Me by Ayobami AdebayoIn the spirit of Chris Cleave’s Little Bee and Emma Donoghue’s Room, this unforgettable novel 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.

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