Nigerian author Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel Stay with Me has been long-listed for a British literary award, the Wellcome Book Prize.
Adebayo, 30, is the only African on the long-list of 12 for the £30,000 ($42,000) award.
She’s 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.
Adebayo — who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and who studied with Adichie and Margaret Atwood — has two master’s degrees in creative writing, and “Stay With Me” is deeply informed by a knowledge of contemporary and classic literature.
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Stay With Me
By Ayobami Adebayo
260 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $25.95.