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A New York Times bestseller
An NPR Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
In the tradition of The Arabian Nights , a beautifully illustrated tapestry of folk tales and myths about the secret legacy of female storytellers in an imagined medieval world.
In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle--and Cherry.
But what Jerome doesn't know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.
As intricate and richly imagined as the works of Chris Ware, and leavened with a dry wit that rivals Kate Beaton's in Hark! A Vagrant, Isabel Greenberg's One Hundred Nights of Hero will capture readers' hearts and minds, taking them through a magical medieval world.
Isabel Greenberg is a writer and illustrator who lives and works in North London. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton in 2010, and has worked for NoBrow Press, Seven Stories Press, and Solipsistic Pop. She is the winner of the 2011 Observer/Cape Graphic Short Story Prize.
Publisher's Weekly Review
Greenberg's haunting first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, made her an instant critical darling. In her follow-up, she returns to Early Earth, a three-mooned world of myth and magical realism, for a collection of feminist stories about "bad husbands and murderous wives and mad gods and brave women who don't take shit from anyone." In a frame story borrowed from The Thousand and One Nights, two women hold off a rapacious man by telling stories within stories, usually about other women getting themselves in and out of danger. Greenberg combines elements from fairy tales, children's books, and folklore from around the world to create an original but teasingly familiar mythos. Above all, it's a book about the power of storytelling, populating Early Earth with a secret society of storytellers, a grove of memory trees, and women treasuring literacy in defiance of a stern bird god. Greenberg's primitive woodcut-style illustrations suggest folk art from another planet. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Beautiful and imaginative, One Hundred Nights of Hero begins, as all good stories do, with a creation myth. The young goddess Kiddo devises a world and delights in watching over its simple yet happy occupants from afar. Her father, the arrogant god BirdMan, doesn't see the point of building a society if it doesn't mean being worshipped for it. He blights Kiddo's universe with a tyrannical BirdMan-centric religion, which promptly leads to miseries we recognize from our own reality. In this troubled realm, a man named Jerome makes a bet with Manfred that Jerome's wife, Cherry, will remain true for 100 nights. If Cherry falters in her virtue, Manfred can keep Jerome's castle and Cherry herself. Fortunately, Cherry's lover/maid Hero is a member of the shadowy League of Secret Story Tellers. Every night, before Manfred makes his attempts on Cherry, Hero transfixes him with a tale. As with any talented Scheherazade, Hero ends each evening on a cliff-hanger. Before Manfred knows it, weeks have passed, and he's gotten nowhere. Verdict Greenberg (The Encyclopedia of Early Earth) is a staunch believer in the power of stories, and, like Manfred, readers get sucked into each one she tells. Highly recommended for adult readers, especially those who enjoy mythology and fable.-Ingrid Bohnenkamp, Springfield-Greene Cty. Lib. Dist., MO © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.