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.
Jewelle gives an overview of the book:
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...