Julia Gfrörer’s tale of strangeness at sea is a rich and surprisingly touching mix of lyricism, doomed romance and humour.
"The book is woven together perfectly by Gfrörer’s distinctive artistic style. Her scratchy, baroque rendering gives the book a palpable atmosphere in which the incursion of the supernatural seems totally fitting; its apparent delicacy belies its dark power. You feel confident in the hands of a storyteller who seems very much at home with love and death.
"She also has a very distinctive narrative style, using regular panels and repeated viewpoints to create an almost musical rhythm, fitting the borrowed title – from the much covered folk song Black is the Color (Of My True Love’s Hair) – and reinforcing the tone of the story as something akin to a sailor’s ballad. She depicts powerfully the torturously slow passage of time for the castaway Warren and the total isolation of his tiny boat in the seemingly boundless ocean.”