NIGERIAN writer, Ayobami Adebayo’s has been long-listed for a British literary award, the Wellcome Book Prize, for her debut novel; Stay with Me
Adebayo (30) was born in Lagos. She later moved to the UK where she studied at the University of East Anglia. She is the only African on the long-list of 12 authors for the £30,000 ($42,000) award.
The New York Times, which reviewed Adebayo’s novel has described it as a “stunning debut novel” while Adebayo’s publishers , Penguin Random House, say it is “the heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well”.
Below are more reviews on Adebayo’s novel:
“A stunning debut novel…. At once, a gothic parable about pride and betrayal; a thoroughly contemporary—and deeply moving—portrait of a marriage; and a novel, in the lineage of great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…. Adebayo, who is 29, is an exceptional storyteller. She writes not just with extraordinary grace but with genuine wisdom about love and loss and the possibility of redemption. She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride.” —The Guardian
“Ayobami Adebayo’s taut, intimate debut novel, Stay with Me… careens backward and forward in time against a backdrop of politics, protests, crime and civil unrest… Close to Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies…. Conveyed with an operatic intensity that almost approaches the pitch of Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment.” —Anita Felicelli, The San Francisco Chronicle
“Stunning…. A work of intimate yet powerful—and even, at times, shocking—storytelling that will grow your sensitivity chip and make your world bigger, too.” —ELLE
“An absolute must-read and a story that will be shared for many decades to come.” —Emma Roberts, Refinery29
“Beautiful… Phenomenal… A layered story of love, sacrifice and hope… Adebayo’s debut is undoubtedly one of the best reads of this year.” —Lihle Z. Mtshali, Essence.com