Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold


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$25.99  $23.91
William Morrow & Company
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5.5 X 7.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Bolu Babalola is a British-Nigerian journalist, writer, and lover of love. In 2016, she was shortlisted in 4th Estate's B4ME competition for her short story "Netflix & Chill," a hilarious tale of teen romance. While writing scripts for TV and film, she also works as a content creator, where she calls herself a "romcomoisseur.


A thrillingly gifted Nigerian-British author recasts literary legends... Babalola dives deep into the notion that "romance sweetens the casual bitterness we can encounter; it heightens the mundane and makes the terrestrial supernatural."--Oprah Daily
Beautifully written and full of joy. Bolu Babalola is a star.--Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author
British cultural critic Bolu Babalola's delightful fiction debut is a work of power and pleasure. Drawing largely from African and Asian folklore -- featuring Thisbe, Scheherazade, Ọ?un, Nefertiti, and more -- Babalola crafts entirely modern love stories without any of the mistreatment of women that pervades so much mythology. The collection also includes three original stories from Babalola, all of which are more than deserving of their place next to the classics. As Babalola herself describes it, the book is 'a step towards decolonizing tropes of love.' It's also a lot of fun.--Buzzfeed
British Nigerian writer Babalola combines wit and wisdom in this collection of reimagined, mythical love stories... This wondrous celebration tackles the emotional complexities inherent in passion, adding depth and shadows without resorting to cynicism... This is a joyous read for those interested in literary reworkings and for those looking to explore the complications of loving relationships from fresh perspectives. --Booklist
"Luscious... Come for the beautiful and achingly relevant narratives centered around dynamic women... stay for the reminder that the happiest ever after is falling in love with yourself."--Essence
"Richly imaginative, unashamedly romantic and a total pleasure to read. I didn't want it to end."--Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods
"Inventive, intimate, witty and wise, Babalola's irresistible explorations uplift you from the start. Here is love as freedom, love as deep joy. Romance will never be dead, as long as she's writing it."--Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Muse
"Full of life and character, it's such a pleasure to take this ride through history, geography, legend and lore in the company of a writer as witty and intelligent as Bolu. Her romantic sensibility is second to none."--Bethany Rutter, author of No Big Deal
These vibrant stories navigate the most complex human emotion and try to understand why it holds us hostage, while decolonizing tropes by forming new stories that already exist in so many cultures and communities around the world.--Refinery 29
Perfection in short story form, I am in love with every single word Bolu Babalola has written. So rarely is love expressed this richly, this vividly, or this artfully. --Candice Carty-Williams, international bestselling author of Queenie
Oh but Bolu Babalola is clever...she finds the perfect new twist for every story that you think you know. Her collection of reimagined fairytales and classic stories is a true delight.--Dorothy Koomson, international bestselling author
"Lovely... The result is effortlessly readable, and the chemistry between characters and the focus on Black female empowerment will surely win over many romance fans." --Publishers Weekly