Review by Leila Green
I finished Stay With Me a few days ago. This novel is basically a picture of a marriage in crisis: the wife can't have children, and the husband and his family constantly pressure her to conceive. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Adebayo weaves a complicated tale full of twists and turns, identifying and critiquing cultural marriage practices and notions of masculinity. It hurt to read a woman try over and over again to be a "good wife." It was torture to see how a character could be boxed in by so many restrictions and taboos. This novel was solid and tightly woven. But at times the melodrama was a tad too much, and the pacing was often uneven. Nonetheless, this novel made me think. Mostly about how I never want to get married. I'm giving it 4.3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Cannot wait to read more from Adebayo. She's a truly gifted storyteller.