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The Gilda Stories
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Jewelle gives an overview of the book:

The Gilda Stories is a senusal feminist adventure following the life of an escaped slave who learns the power of life over death.  The novel overturns tradtional notions of what the vampire world might really be.  From the fields of Louisiana to the night clubs of New Jersey, Gilda escapes more than enslavement to brutal plantation masters.  She is ever watchful of the contemporary horrors a Black woman faces as well as the amoral vampires who stalk her; but still she finds her way to new family and new codes which guide her in living her long life.
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The Gilda Stories is a senusal feminist adventure following the life of an escaped slave who learns the power of life over death.  The novel overturns tradtional notions of what the vampire world might really be.  From the fields of Louisiana to the night clubs of New Jersey, Gilda escapes more than enslavement to brutal plantation masters.  She is ever watchful of the contemporary horrors a Black woman faces as well as the amoral vampires who stalk her; but still she finds her way to new family and new codes which guide her in living her long life.

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About Jewelle

Jewelle Gomez was born in Boston, MA and raised there by her great grandmother. Her background is Native American (Wampanoag & Ioway) and African American on her mother's side and Cape Verdean on her father's. Her writing has always been an exploration of the margins and...

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Author's Publishing Notes

<p>Originally published by the lesbian feminist press, Firebrand Books, in 1991, <strong>The Gilda Stories</strong>, has become a cult favorite and remains in print in the US and Great Britain.  With the flowering of courses in Speculative Fiction, the novel is taught in college courses around the country, as well as in Black Literature courses.  </p><p> The author was commissed by Urban Bush Women Dance Company to create <strong>Bones &amp; Ash, </strong>a full length theatrical piece based on two chapters of the novel.  The play, with music by Toshi Reagon, toured 13 US cities in 1996.  Videotape of the play is available at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts in New York City.</p><p>The full script of the play, along with the novel, was published by Quality Paperback Book Club as part of its Triangle Classic series.</p>