A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the ‘nervousness’ of the ‘postcolonial’ conditions that bedevil us still. In Tambu and the women of her family, we African women see ourselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment and grace.
Stay with Me is out now in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. It’s forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf (August 2017. USA) and Kwani Trust(Kenya). Translations into German, Swedish, Italian, Polish , Turkish and Hebrew are forthcoming from Piper Verlag, Pirat Förlaget, La Nave di Teseo, Marginesy, Hep Kitap and Achuzat Bayit respectively.
Deep in the Niger Delta, officer Chike Ameobi deserts the army and sets out on the road to Lagos. He is soon joined by a wayward private, a naive militant, a vulnerable young woman and a runaway middle-class wife. The shared goals of this unlikely group: freedom and new life.