Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

519q+9hZruL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_Blurb from Goodreads

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel, shortlisted for the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction 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.

Why I Want To Read It

I guess I am keeping up with this month’s literary flavor (at least personal) – African literature. I recently dropped by the 2020 Big Bad Wolf book fair here in Manila, the third consecutive year that this annual book fair which originated in Malaysia has chosen Manila as one of its stops. I’ve participated in the book fair every single time it was held in Manila.

With over two million books on sale for a bargain price, it was easily losing one’s self in the company of (many, many) books. Before I knew it, the books on my cart begun piling up. One of the titles I was lucky enough to find in the piles is Nigerian writer, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut novel Stay With Me. I am not sure where I have first encountered it but the title sounded familiar. I just cannot pinpoint the origin of the familiarity. Without further ado, I bought the book, considering that I am delving into the world of African literature this month; I bought two or three more African works during the book fair.

What stirred my desire to read the book? When I posted my book haul from the aforementioned sale, two fellow book bloggers gave glowing recommendations on Stay With Me. These are two book bloggers whose book tastes I truly trust. With their recommendation, I am even more excited to read the book! As such, I resolve to read it after completing my current read, Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers. With the positive feedback on the book, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.