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A New York Times bestsellerAn NPR Best Book of 2016A 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.
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About the Author

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.

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"Greenberg's art perfectly suits the stories she's telling and the tone she's telling them in. Her rough line work is reminiscent of Kate Beaton'st Hark! A Vagrant and Emily Carroll's Through the Woods, and lends the stories, and their world, a folkloric charm."--Entertainment Weekly "You've never encountered a gathering of fables as funny and Sapphic as this graphic novel."--O, the Oprah Magazine"Greenberg is a staunch believer in the power of stories...readers get sucked into each one she tells. Highly recommended for adult readers, especially those who enjoy mythology and fable."--Library Journal (starred review) "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... Greenberg's primitive woodcut-style illustrations suggest folk art from another planet."--Publishers Weekly, (starred review) "Wry and wise...sure to become a feminist classic.... A cry against oppression, a love letter to the human need for stories, a celebration of the many bonds between women, The One Hundred Nights of Hero will leave readers wishing Greenberg had written 1,000 nights instead."--Shelf Awareness "Enchanting.... Greenberg's artwork is whimsical, and her plots reference countless fables. But there's also real darkness, and the stories speak movingly of the desperation of a narrow, patriarchal world in which 'happily ever after' often translates as forced marriage to a strange man."--The Guardian Praise for The Encyclopedia of Early Earth One of Time's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2013

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