Stay With Me
by Ayobami Adebayo
Yejide is a woman who cannot get pregnant, so her husband, Akin, takes a second wife to bear his children. And then absolutely nothing happens the way you expect it to.
Adebayo’s writing is elegant and mature, but not stilted or formal. She flows back and forth between Yejide and Akin’s points of view effortlessly, and you can’t help but want the best for these realistic, messy, sometimes not-so-great people.
One of the things that really stuck with me was the flawless writing. “If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love.”