The Gilda Stories
Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler's Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez's sexy vampire novel.
"The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them--communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room
"Jewelle Gomez sees right into the...more
The Gilda Stories introduces the title character as a slave girl in Louisiana, 1850. Some ...more
Goméz wrote the book in the early 90ies, way before Buffy and those sparkling Twilight twats and I think if you are ...more
"Each 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Gilda Stories are a series of episodic tales spanning 200 years, beginning in 1850 and ending in 2050, that follow a black, lesbian vampire. Gilda is a young girl when she escapes slavery and is changed into a vampire as a young adult. The bulk of this story is centered on Gilda's aimless wandering as she comes to terms with her immortality and her connections to her found family.
Before I air out my grievances, I'll start by addressing all the themes I loved. Gilda and her family ...more
I enjoyed the story and the writing. I think the premise of an escaped African slave who becomes a ...more
This book is amazing, the characters are lovely and the vampire mythology is completely turned on its head to serve Gomez's ...more
I really love the idea of this but for some reason the execution just did not hit home with me. It definitely starts off pretty slow [and it took me way too long to realize that the Gilda in the beginning was NOT the Gilda of the rest of the book], but by the third chapter I was enjoying it more and I thought some of her 'predictions' for the future were very interesting as well. It's much less a 'vampire story' than an introspective story that uses vampirism as kind of a loose ...more
I want to own my own ...more
Thank you Jewel Gomez. I never want to finish this novel, as I'd like for it to walk with me forever.
Gomez was raised by her great grandmother, Grace, who was born on Indian land in Iowa to an African American mother and Ioway father. Grace returned to New England before she was 14 when her father died and was married to John E. Morandus, a Wampanoag and descendent of Massasoit, the sachem for whom ...more