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

Bolu Babalola

fiction short stories
adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced

304 pages | first published 2020

"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

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.

What the community thinks

summary of 14 ratings (see reviews)


lighthearted 80%
hopeful 60%
emotional 40%
adventurous 20%
inspiring 20%
funny 10%
reflective 10%
relaxing 10%
sad 10%
tense 10%


medium 66%
fast 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | N/A: 20%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 33% | N/A: 33% | No: 16% | Yes: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 71% | N/A: 14% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 83% | No: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

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