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My first encounter with Gilda was by way of the 2015 anthology Ghost 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On, edited by Louise Welsh It includes a story from this book, Off Broadway, 1971 I was instantly spellbound, and bought The Gilda Stories as soon as I d finished it Literally I read the story standing up in my kitchen, and ordered the book online before I d even sat down that s how rapt I was The Gilda Stories introduces the title character as a slave girl in Louisiana, 1850 Some My first encounter with Gilda was by way of the 2015 anthology Ghost 100 Stories to Read with the Lights On, edited by Louise Welsh It includes a story from this book, Off Broadway, 1971 I was instantly spellbound, and bought The Gilda Stories as soon as I d finished it Literally I read the story standing up in my kitchen, and ordered the book online before I d even sat down that s how rapt I was The Gilda Stories introduces the title character as a slave girl in Louisiana, 1850 Some years later, she is made into a vampire, and each story relates a segment of her long and fascinating life Yerba Buena later known as San Francisco in 1890 Missouri in 1921 Boston in 1955 New York in 1971 and 1981 plus two visions of the future, 2020 and 2050 As the book was published in 1991, the way Gomez imagines 2020 is especially interesting Once you get past the clunky technical details, the idea of people communicating with each other via private video channels is pretty prescient, as is the backdrop of increasing environmental decline As my initial reading of Off Broadway, 1971 proves, the stories can be enjoyed individually But to read them in context is something else altogether Despite the title, as I read I becameandconvinced that this is a novel acoherent work than any novel in stories I think I have ever read The stories don t just show us scenes from Gilda s life, they build a bigger picture What s wonderful about that is that it has a genuine sense of scope I believed in Gilda as someone who had lived for one hundred, two hundred years Her character is developed slowly, meticulously Her relationships deepen, grow in significance, and change in shape over the course of the years There s a rare thoughtfulness to Gilda s progression.The Gilda Stories is so rich with narrative and visual possibilities, I really can t believe it hasn t been made into a film It s basically Interview with the Vampire if the main character was a black lesbian Plus there s so much potential for sumptuous period settings and costumes The time is now for someone to option it This book truly transported me Just wonderful.TinyLetter First and foremost, I am not one for vampire novels Vampires on the silver screen, or even the TV, I can deal with But I m afraid Stephanie Meyer ruined vampire literature for me If you re a Twilight fan, I m very sorry, but I deplore the entire series for a number of reason if you d like them, well, leave some comments and I ll write up a separate post for that Anyway the vampires I like are the ones from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike, I ll find a leather jacket like yours someday and ble First and foremost, I am not one for vampire novels Vampires on the silver screen, or even the TV, I can deal with But I m afraid Stephanie Meyer ruined vampire literature for me If you re a Twilight fan, I m very sorry, but I deplore the entire series for a number of reason if you d like them, well, leave some comments and I ll write up a separate post for that Anyway the vampires I like are the ones from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Spike, I ll find a leather jacket like yours someday and bleach my hair for Halloween Ding, got my costume for this year The whole craze of the blood sucking undead is something don t understand Maybe I m looking into it too much but the infatuation of the immortal seems a deep rooted issue when people question their own mortality whether they are thinking of this consciously or not, the fascination with vampires stems from our fear of death Books that have death as the most dire of consequences do not typically agree with me, as death seems to the most natural of occurrences once you make friends with that dreadful thing I mentioned before mortality, and so vampire syndrome the want to live forever and have airbrushed, yet chiseled abs, bores me to now end.But The Gilda Stories takes a much different approach Indeed, though the protagonist, and her friends are vampires, this is only a cunning construct the author uses to tell a much bigger story.Deep down The Gilda Stories is about who we call family and why, where we call home and how we find it, how to constantly feel like an outsider and still be yourself The vampire aspect of this books is secondary, Gomez only uses it as a way for her protagonist to live forever Unlike most vampire novels who have a very US THEM complex going on, between humans and vampires, The Gilda Stories uses this in other ways Yes, Gilda is a vampire, and so immortal, set apart from humans, but she is nevertheless connected to humans in aintimate manner than humans are connected to each other.The structure of the this novel is quite intriguing There are 8 chapters, each taking place in a different year The first chapter is in 1850, the last 2050 The way Gilda and her friends change with the times is skillfully written, and serves as a mirror, a way for us to look at ourselves.I can imagine that it would be easy to read the back cover of this book and dismiss it as escapist fantasy But that would be a poor assessment of this novel The issues it deals with are serious issues Ones that do not let the reader escape from there lives, but makes them think about our cultures from the past, present, future Who will we become how do we want to shape our world Do we have the power to shape it ourselves In the end The Gilda Stories will appeal to a larger audience than the Vampire Faithful In fact it may turn some of the Vampire Faithful off because the plot is based in humanity, not the creates of the night A good read Look for it in your independent bookstore before going to the internet As I enthusiastically told friends I was reading and immensely enjoying this cycle of lesbian vampire stories, I would get vaguely patronizing smiles in response I guess anything vampire related gets that reaction these days forcing me to trumpet all theGomez s dazzling ability to intricately braid together the stuff of history, race, desire, time, and im mortality into a series of narratives that are not only compulsively entertaining to read, but poignant and thought provoking as well As I enthusiastically told friends I was reading and immensely enjoying this cycle of lesbian vampire stories, I would get vaguely patronizing smiles in response I guess anything vampire related gets that reaction these days forcing me to trumpet all theGomez s dazzling ability to intricately braid together the stuff of history, race, desire, time, and im mortality into a series of narratives that are not only compulsively entertaining to read, but poignant and thought provoking as well While there was admittedly a slight sense of diminishing returns as Gilda s life narrative progressed over its 200 year trajectory, the central character of Gilda herself fundamentally invariable as the distinctive contexts around her change like so many grade school dioramas remains ceaselessly riveting Capsule review from the post My Year of Reading Queerly over at my blog, Queer Modernisms I read my first Jewelle L Gom z short story Storyville 1910 published in the Heiresses of Russ 2011 a year ago It was about Gilda the main character visiting Woodards, the place that used to be her home I found The Gilda Stories while I was looking forinformation about the author and was so happy that I was able to readabout this intriguing black lesbian vampire Gom z wrote the book in the early 90ies, way before Buffy and those sparkling Twilight twats and I think if you are I read my first Jewelle L Gom z short story Storyville 1910 published in the Heiresses of Russ 2011 a year ago It was about Gilda the main character visiting Woodards, the place that used to be her home I found The Gilda Stories while I was looking forinformation about the author and was so happy that I was able to readabout this intriguing black lesbian vampire Gom z wrote the book in the early 90ies, way before Buffy and those sparkling Twilight twats and I think if you are partial to the genre, you cannot miss having this book in your collection I think it s an essential read Here are a few other indorsementsThis revolutionary classic by a pioneer in black speculative fiction will delight and inspire generations to comeTananarive Due, author of Ghost SummerThe Gilda Stories was ahead of its time when it was first published in 1991, and this anniversary edition reminds us why it s still an important novel Gomez s characters are rooted in historical reality yet lift seductively out of it, to trouble traditional models of family, identity, and literary genre and imagine for us bold new patterns A lush, exciting, inspiring readSarah Waters, author of Tipping the VelvetGilda s body knows silk, telepathy, lavender, longing, timeless love, and so much blood With sensory, action packed prose and a poet s eye for beauty, Jewelle Gomez gives us an empathy transfusion This all American novel of the undead is a life affirming readLenelle Mo se, author of Haiti GlassJewelle Gomez s sense of culture and her grasp of history are as penetrating now as twenty five years ago, and perhapsso, given the current challenges to black lives From Louisiana 1850 to Land of Enchantment 2050, from New Orleans to Macchu Pichu, through endless tides of blood and timeless evocations of place, Gilda s ensemble of players transports me through two hundred years and a second century of black feminist literary practice and prophecyCheryl Clarke, author of Living As A Lesbianf fThemes expect no vampiric grandstanding, this has a whole different approach, don t expect explicit sex scenes either, the scenes are subtle and poetic, there is blood and there is violence but overall it is a positive story.5 stars ( Free Pdf ) ⚇ The Gilda Stories ♳ The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards fiction and science fiction The Gilda Stories is a very American odyssey Escaping from slavery in the s 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 I first heard of The Gilda Stories from a Tor article a friend linked I don t usually read vampire books as I don t like vampires as a trope very much or urban fantasy as a subgenre , but it s one of this year s r Fantasy Bingo squares and the concept seemed interesting enoughEach time I thought taking a stand, fighting a war would bring the solution to the demons that haunted us Each time I thought slavery or fanaticism could be banished from the earth with a law or a battle Each timeI first heard of The Gilda Stories from a Tor article a friend linked I don t usually read vampire books as I don t like vampires as a trope very much or urban fantasy as a subgenre , but it s one of this year s r Fantasy Bingo squares and the concept seemed interesting enoughEach time I thought taking a stand, fighting a war would bring the solution to the demons that haunted us Each time I thought slavery or fanaticism could be banished from the earth with a law or a battle Each time I ve been wrongThe story follows Gilda from her escape from a slave plantation in 1850 up to 2050 each chapter takes place a few decades in the future It s pure slice of life, focused on how the vampires live, how they take blood, their relationships with humans, who do they decide to accept into their families What I found unusual is that everybody is content to live their lives quietly they avoid violence, try to leave something in return, and there s no immortal who d want to, say, take over the world or help mortals in some grand way Perhaps this isrealistic And the afterword where the author explains her worldbuilding choices is excellent.Regardless the approach to vampires was interesting and subversive, but sadly I didn t enjoy it at all The narration is incredibly distant and I struggled to connect with the story or the characters This is something that often happens with older books I was surprised it was published only in 1991 It felt like watching the characters from a mountain, or a hazy dream I don t think it s bad per se I m particular about prose , but I definitely prefer a closer,modern approach Especially with slice of life.Enjoyment 2.5 5Execution 4 5Recommended to those who can tolerate distant narration and want a new take on vampires, fans of intersectional booksNot recommended to those who prefermodern prose, content warning on screen rape More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds. ok constantly wishing I could give books to my teenage self, but rn RLLY wishing I could slam this one back in time, directly into my own face if I could have had a black lesbian vampire taking me through time, showing me what black queer love community have looked like can look like through time place, I would have been unstoppable but also like what Jewelle Gomez has given to us is a vulnerable reflection on the hard work of loving she touches on many kinds of love , and how challengi ok constantly wishing I could give books to my teenage self, but rn RLLY wishing I could slam this one back in time, directly into my own face if I could have had a black lesbian vampire taking me through time, showing me what black queer love community have looked like can look like through time place, I would have been unstoppable but also like what Jewelle Gomez has given to us is a vulnerable reflection on the hard work of loving she touches on many kinds of love , and how challenging painful it can be I m so emotional.im sorry lastly u gotta read the 25th aniv expanded edition so u can have Alexis Pauline Gumbs make u cry w her afterward, the entire text of which I feel like I should just get tattooed onto my body I couldn t get past the 2nd episode I found the whole thing terribly boring and realized it was time to give up when I started skimming whole paragraphs The narrative was too slow and internal and the language and ideas were repetitive, fixating on the same things again and again family, exile, the past, sharing, social fabric, oral tradition blah blah blah The story didn t seem to move and felt like I was turning a lump of lead over and over expecting to find something different on the ot I couldn t get past the 2nd episode I found the whole thing terribly boring and realized it was time to give up when I started skimming whole paragraphs The narrative was too slow and internal and the language and ideas were repetitive, fixating on the same things again and again family, exile, the past, sharing, social fabric, oral tradition blah blah blah The story didn t seem to move and felt like I was turning a lump of lead over and over expecting to find something different on the other side I hate quitting on a book, but this just wasn t doing anything for me Yes, my spouse got me to read another novel When left to my own devises, I tend to stay up into the wee hours of the morning and don t rise again until well into the afternoon, I hate garlic, and I avoid direct sun exposure These and other habits might expose me as a vampire, except that the closest I come to drinking blood is an occasional glass of sangria I m not really interested in the vampire genre of popular literature, but this one is different Vampire literature is usually about how Yes, my spouse got me to read another novel When left to my own devises, I tend to stay up into the wee hours of the morning and don t rise again until well into the afternoon, I hate garlic, and I avoid direct sun exposure These and other habits might expose me as a vampire, except that the closest I come to drinking blood is an occasional glass of sangria I m not really interested in the vampire genre of popular literature, but this one is different Vampire literature is usually about how evil it is to be one of the creatures of the night, either through the vampire s own angst, or the violent, compassionless and ghoulish tendency of the undead to prey upon their mortal food sources Gilda isa celebration of life seen through the eyes of one who has it in abundance, and shares her experience with the reader in the light of her times, through oppressive and inspirational periods of American history, and on into a surmised future still endangered, but still celebrating family connections that were made throughout her long life.Gilda carries much for the reader to identify, with none of the Gothic disturbances of similar literature As I was reading I came to the conclusion that there is a free flowing identification with Gilda that the author imparts to the reader in that one still shares the same hopes and dreams whether one shares the blood or not Being kosher presents an interesting conundrum at this point blood being forbidden in a kosher diet Still, being alive or being dead is quite binary, and therefore, all of us who live are by definition undead I have to recommend The Gilda Stories, for the poetry, not just in the usage of the language, but in the poetry of the heart Besides, these are great bedtime stories for all of the undead among us I wanted to love this but found the protagonist pretty dull and too right all the time My illustrious book club co leader Liza pointed out that Gilda functions as a Black lesbian superhero which I get behind 110% would love to see this as a graphic novel or movie lots of action and so much scene transhistorical storyline epic potential As a book, the language and description kinda drag and the protag has too much darn integrity to fully capture my interest.