Better Off Read is a book club collaboration between The Bookshop and The Porch, focusing on books that you'll definitely be better off having read.
Ilesa, Nigeria. Ever since they first met and fell in love at university, Yejide and Akin have agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage—after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and trying strange teas and unlikely cures—Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time—until her in-laws arrive 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. The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
• A New York Times Notable Book
• Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
• One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, Southern Living, The Skimm
“Powerfully magnetic. . . . A thoroughly contemporary—and deeply moving—portrait of a marriage.”--The New York Times Book Review
“[A] stunning literary work [that] serves as both astute political commentary and unfolding mystery.”--NPR
“Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely.”--Margaret Atwood (Twitter)
“A triumph—a complex, deeply felt exploration of love, marriage and family amid cultural and political upheaval.”--Chicago Tribune
“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)
Better Off Read is a book club with an added twist: an optional writing exercise for interested participants to complete before the event. The writing prompt for this book: TK. Again, this part is completely optional, and those who wish may share what they’ve written at the end of the meeting.
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Where: The Bookshop (1043 West Eastland Ave.)
How Much: $18 + tax. Each participant will receive one paperback copy of Stay with Me, available for pickup at the shop. Wine and treats will be served, and participants will also receive 10% off purchases at The Bookshop the day of the event.
All spots for this meeting have been claimed. But we do have a waitlist! All you have to do is pop by the shop, buy a copy of the book, and let us know you want to be added to the list. We'll let you know if a spot opens up (which they usually do). And just a reminder that newsletter subscribers get first dibs on spots, so make sure you're signed up!
Previous BETTER OFF READ Books
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (September 16, 2018)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (July 22, 2018)
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (May 20, 2018)
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (March 18 & 25, 2018)
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (January 7 & 14, 2018)
Broken River by J. Robert Lennon (October 22, 2017)
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (August 6, 2017)
Stoner by John Williams (May 21, 2017)
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (March 19, 2017)
Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton (January 22, 2017)
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (October 30, 2016)
Better Off Read is a collaboration between The Bookshop and The Porch, Nashville’s independent center for writing.