Yejide espère un miracle. Un enfant. C'est ce que son mari attend, ce que sa belle famille attend, et elle a tout essayé. Mais quand une délégation familiale se présente à sa porte escortant une jeune femme, son univers vacille.
Accepter une seconde épouse, c'est au-dessus de ses forces.
"Un déchirant roman sur comment le désir d'enfant peut détruire une femme, un mariage, une famille" - The Economist
Née à Lagos, Ayobami Adebayo a étudié l'écriture aux côtés de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie et Margaret Atwood. À tout juste 29 ans, elle est l'auteure d'une oeuvre saluée par de nombreux prix littéraire et reconnue comme une écrivaine d'exception.
Reste avec moi, son premier roman, a été traduit dans 18 pays. Avec une grâce extraordinaire et une grande sagesse, elle écrit sur l'amour, la perte et la rédemption.
Traduit de l'anglais.
There are things even love can't do . . . If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love . . .' Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.
"A stunning debut novel." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
This celebrated, unforgettable first novel (“A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit.” –The Guardian), shortlisted 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.