Vagabonds!: A Novel

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Creating Safe Little Worlds With Eloghosa Osunde

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At Elle, Eloghosa Osunde discusses her debut novel, Vagabonds!, in which love and romance help the cast of characters navigate their demons. “I think that love is what saves our lives, isn’t it? The world is brutal a lot of the time, but I think that we can make little worlds in which we are safe,” Osunde says. “Love is one great way to do that. It was also really important to me to represent different kinds of relationships because the fact that those two in that story don’t physically end up together doesn’t mean it’s not a true love story. It’s always been on my mind to show how people take care of each other. There’s a quote that I’m thinking of [by Jenny Holzer] that goes, ‘It is in your own self-interest to find a way to be very tender.’ I love that. In writing about love, that’s what I’m showing.”

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