“Romance sweetens the casual bitterness we can encounter; it heightens the mundane and makes the terrestrial supernatural.”
– Love in Color
A book of love stories based on myths and folklore from cultures around the world. I was delighted by the fact that all of the stories were centered around the women (and I, of course, loved the sapphic tale based on Egyptian mythology). A stunning collection for anyone who wants to put a little love in their heart.
Love in Color was actually published in the UK in July 2020, but it is just now making its way to the US. It has been received with overall positive reviews since its publishing, and for good reason. Bolu Babalola really did her research into the myths she uses to weave these new tales (she goes into detail about her research and inspirations in the postface), and the result is a gorgeous and unique take on romance.
Some of my favorites from this collection were the stories of Thisbe & Pyramus and Naleli & Khosi. I usually don’t particularly enjoy romantic stories, but these were so sweet and heartwarming; they reminded me of the feeling of new love. The last story, which is the love story of the author’s parents, was beautiful as well. There were also fun stories like that of Psyche & Eros, where Olympus is a fashion media company, and Venus is Miranda Priestly on steroids.
If you enjoy diverse retellings and could use some love in your life, do not hesitate to pick this up!
Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Love in Color will be published in the US on April 13th, 2021.