The Gilda Stories

The Gilda Stories

A Novel

Book - 2004
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An elegant, sensual and naturalistic fantasy -- a black vampire story.
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, c2004
ISBN: 9781563411403
1563411407
Branch Call Number: GOMEZ J
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 22 cm

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Lesbian. Escaping from slavery in the 1850s Gilda's longing for kinship and community grows over two hundred years. Her induction into a family of benevolent vampires takes her on an adventurous and dangerous journey full of loud laughter and subtle terror.

Fiction. This remarkable novel, now released in an expanded 25th anniversary edition, begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gil... Read More »


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LPL_KateG Jul 08, 2016

This book is out of my usual wheelhouse -- it's my first vampire/Urban Fantasy read and it was SO enjoyable. It came out in 1991 and was re-released for its 25th anniversary this year. Jewelle Gomez is a compelling writer and moves readers from the 1800s to 2050 through the eyes of Gilda, an escaped slaved-turned vampire. We meet so many interesting characters and encounter a huge range of experiences. I heard a rumor that Gomez is planning another book and I *really* hope that's true!

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