Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀: Stay With Me @ Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle [26 July]

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀: Stay With Me


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26
July
19:00 - 20:00

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Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122
One of 2017’s most acclaimed fiction debuts was that of young Nigerian writer Ayobami Adebayo with her astonishing Stay With Me. She is over from her home country for this short tour, which does bring her back to a part of the world where some of this book was written (Whidbey Island’s Hedgebrook).

Shortlisted for the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, and cited for several best books of the year, it also rather noticeably served as the last book esteemed New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani reviewed before stepping down from her post. What a book (and review) to go out with: “[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.”
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