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Love and infertility issues in "Stay with Me", a new novel by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

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Ayòbámi Adébáyò, author of "Stay with Me"
Ayòbámi Adébáyò, author of "Stay with Me" DR

The pain of infertility for a couple is just the tip of the iceberg in Stay with Me, a new novel  by Nigerian writer Ayòbámi Adébáyò, published by Cannongate Books. The book, short-listed for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, is a complex web of family politics, Yoruba culture and a number of crippling health issues makes this a rich, event-filled piece of literature. Is the love between the two main characters Yejide and Akin enough? Set in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria, against the backdrop of the Babangida regime of the 1980s, a young husband and wife struggle to come to terms with secrets that could affect their future together.

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LISTEN to Ayòbámi Adébáyò speak about her new novel "Stay with Me" and read an excerpt

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