April 18, 2018
Stay with Me
"Besides, what would be left of love without truth stretched beyond its limits, without those better versions of ourselves that we present as the only ones that exist?" ~ pg. 70
Yejide and Akin met and fell in love at university. Even though many expected Akin to follow tradition and take extra wives, the couple decided polygamy was not the right choice for their relationship. Four years into the marriage and several visits to fertility doctors and healers, Yejide is still not pregnant.
Their family shows up unannounced at the doorstep one day with a young woman introduced as Akin's second wife. PLOT TWIST! Riddled with jealousy and completely blindsided, Yejide makes a sacrifice to save her family. Now more than ever is she determined to have a baby. Then it happens! But despite feeling the baby kicking every night, scans repeatedly show the pregnancy is not real. Wayment—stay with me...pun intended.
"The word crackled in my ears, iyale - first wife." ~ pg. 17
I have seen this novel everywhere! All over Instagram, Twitter. Goodreads and book clubs since its release over one year ago. I had to see what all the hype was about. My verdict: *so-so hand gesture* The premise itself was unique to American culture. Surely a second wife would not fly in the States, let alone moving her into the house and planning a baby. In that aspect, I was interested to read details of another culture. Then the story took a confusing turn. Was the first wife's pregnancy real or imagined? I was truly lost yet could not stop reading. Finally, it all came together in a neat odd package.
Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Published: March 2017
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤