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Publisher's Summary

"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 heart. This is a book to give to those you want most to find their own strength." (Dorothy Allison)

This remarkable novel 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, Gilda spends the next 200 years searching for a place to call home. 

An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991, The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.

©1991, 2016 Jewelle Gomez (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A Critical and Timely Classic

May this book never be forgotten. May generations of LGBTQ Black folks receive the life it has to offer.

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I love vampires!

This book took me on such a journey into being a black woman. The added pleasure of the protagonist being a powerful black lesbian vampire made the journey so much more beautiful I did not want it to end. I enjoyed this book immensely!

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Creative

I came to this book with high expectations. It was not as compelling as I anticipated but I'm glad I read it as it is groundbreaking.

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Not what I expected

This insightful and interesting story. Vampires like I’ve never read and I wish that was how vampires were always interpreted as. Not the typical storyline flow that I’m used to from a book, but I wanted to know which I part of time the novel would explore in each chapter

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Pure Amazing...

I’m definitely telling my friends and family about this book. I enjoyed the narrator voice and the energy she gave to each character. It helped everything flow along. Overall a great story that we all are living through today no matter the color or creed. As a black lesbian woman it was also icing on the cake to see myself represented in a sci-fi book. Great listen and again pure amazing

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Outstanding.

I cannot express how much I love this book. I will definitely listen again. It is a must read. The narrator tells it very well. I’m a little bit in love with Gilda and Bird I think. This story will stay with me x