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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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series of short love stories

loved some , and didn't like some. overall not bad. just some love stories to pass the time.

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Some of the earlier stories… I appreciated it in general and found as I got deeper into the book that they were more original than the ones that followed. Very quickly, I was able to pick up on a theme that this was about the Black woman, her success, she isn’t inferior but the decision-maker — the one in control. And although I found that some of the stories were seemingly repetitive, it was still so refreshing and just easy to listen to knowing that there will be no drama and that the Black woman will come out on top especially considering the likeliness of that happening in this world — in this country — are limited. So for that, I enjoyed the book and being celebrated and I would recommend it to anyone who is rooting for Black women in this book as well as this author and her future success.

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I struggle with short stories because just when I get into the rhythm of the story- the book ends. When I realized that was the case, it took some readjustment, but it was a light listen nonetheless.I stopped checking out books because it meant i would judge them before reading and miss out on great reads.
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WOW!!!

I love fairy tales and myths, both the original and the retelling. These are expertly, and I cannot emphasize this enough, EXPERTLY woven together. Beautiful job! I am so glad that my book club wanted to read this!

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All love for Babalola

Beautiful details and vivid descriptive. Every story keep my interest. I must listen! Authors note was key to understanding the originals and the elevations to the stories. Simply the best!