Awards & Recognition Sarah Jessica Parker announces new Book Club Central pick, STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo

Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Ayobami Adebayo’s “stunning debut” STAY WITH ME as the new ALA Book Club Central pick! A 2017 New York Times Notable Book and a Women’s Prize for Fiction finalist, Parker calls STAY WITH ME, “a powerfully affecting tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal—with both savagery and heart.” Hear a clip from narrator Adjoa Andoh’s “spectacular aural performance” here.

In her “rich narration,” Adjoa Andoh gives voice to a husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage—and the forces that threaten to tear it apart. In a starred review, Library Journal raves, “Andoh elevates Adebayo’s already extraordinary debut into a spectacular aural performance.” As holds for this new Book Club Central pick rise, be sure to offer patrons the STAY WITH ME audio download as another great way to join the club and enjoy this phenomenal book.

Sarah Jessica Parker on why she chose this book:
“STAY WITH ME is a wise and deeply humane debut novel that unpeels the layers of politics in a marriage from the inside. Ayobami Adebayo tells the story of Akin, Yejide, and their families—a powerfully affecting tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal—with both savagery and heart.” Visit ALA’s Book Club Central site for more news from SJP.

STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo
Read by Adjoa Andoh
Available as an audiobook download

LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK CLIP: STAY WITH ME

Praise for STAY WITH ME:

“Adjoa Andoh’s rich narration, softly infused with her native British accent, effortlessly adapts to a more pronounced Nigerian inflection as needed…With elegant control, Andoh elevates Adebayo’s already extraordinary debut into a spectacular aural performance…Libraries owe patrons ready access to this sort of meaningful, transformative fare.”—Library Journal, starred audio review

“Adjoa Andoh delivers a strong portrayal of this audiobook’s main characters…This is a powerful novel that unfolds through Andoh’s superb characterizations of the protagonists.”—AudioFile

“Adebayo describes parenthood and love with heartbreaking prose…The story’s fast pace brings surprising twists.”—Booklist, starred review

“A stunning debut novel.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Adebayo shows great promise in her debut novel. Her methodical exposure of her characters’ secrets forces the reader into continual reevaluations and culminates in a tender, satisfying conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Adebayo’s debut marks the emergence of a fine young writer.”—Kirkus

Click here to download the discussion guide and learn more about STAY WITH ME.

Learn about Sarah Jessica Parker’s previous Book Club Central pick, EXIT WEST, here.

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