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Publisher's Summary

“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 best-selling author of Queenie)

A vibrant collection of love stories from a debut author, retelling myths, folktales, and histories from around the world.

A high-born Nigerian goddess, who has been beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover, longs to be truly seen.

A young businesswoman attempts a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.

A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether she should uphold her family’s politics or be true to her heart.

In her debut collection, internationally acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places.

With an eye towards decolonizing tropes inherent in our favorite tales of love, Babalola has created captivating stories that traverse across perspectives, continents, and genres.

Love in Color is a celebration of romance in all its many splendid forms.

“Babalola’s writing shines." (New York Times Book Review)

©2021 Bolu Babalola (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Evolving Ancient Wisdom

Rest into the adventure ancient wisdom dancing with a rising new paradigm of divine love on earth.

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The most lovely book about love

This book was so beautifully written. I loved the updated version of all these stories. Even the stories I was already familiar with still surprised me. It really filled me with joy. I also really appreciated the author's note at the end.

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I want more!

I am not only digging into all the stories retold in this very contemporary series of stories about love, strength, courage... But I'm also longing to find more by Bolu Babalola. After I heard an interview with the author on an NPR interview show I knew I'd have to get this anthology. Her wit and passionate voice certainly comes through the tales. My only disappointment was when it ended.

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Disappointed with narration

The fact that this is narrated by the writer who is nigerian, makes all the mispronunciations of nigerian names and words all the more disappointing. Could not continue to listen sadly.

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Love in color

I love the amount of love in this book. The way it captures feelings from falling in love to heartbreak and to eventually coming together again. I found myself googling the original stories, which lead to education on each of the histories of cultures beyond that of the Greek mythology typically taught in school. Osun was my favorite.

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Beautiful, intoxicating journey through love!

Beautiful, intoxicating journey through many shades of love. Told with humor, sharp wit and a freedom that love so deserves. Bravo!!

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Repeat

I struggled tremendously towards the middle of the book. the narrators were great except the last one introduced in Alagomeji. The author's note tied everything together. The stories seemed to repeat certain themes. The women were center stage, which is good, but there was this death of a parent or significant other, for the most part, in all the stories. The women seemed unsure of their value or at best didn't permit themselves to just be. While I know that the author used myths & recreated or added a twist, I still struggled.

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Young Love

The first short story set a very very high bar.
Few of the subsequent stories carried the same tenor or strength. But, enjoyable for the recently heartbroken in hope & recovery mode.

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Loooooooved!

I want more. These love stories touched the deepest part of my hear. Amazing anthology

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awesome tales

really loved the way the author reimagined each tale! the placement of the stories in more modern times brought something out of each story.