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( Read Book ) ⚠ The Gilda Stories ê 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 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. A remarkable book I generally don t like vampire books for many many reasons, one of which is that the common trope of oh no, I am forced to be an exploitative predator, my trauma makes me want to punch MCs in the fictional face This is different Gilda as she becomes starts off as an escaped slave, a little girl who s fled the cotton fields now her mother has died, leaving her family She s taken in by a vampire, who turns her with consent and care, and who teaches her the first lesson y A remarkable book I generally don t like vampire books for many many reasons, one of which is that the common trope of oh no, I am forced to be an exploitative predator, my trauma makes me want to punch MCs in the fictional face This is different Gilda as she becomes starts off as an escaped slave, a little girl who s fled the cotton fields now her mother has died, leaving her family She s taken in by a vampire, who turns her with consent and care, and who teaches her the first lesson you leave something of value in exchange for blood So she uses psychic vampire powers to identify problems and help open horizons, give self worth, repair memories It may not be a voluntary exchange, of which she s aware, but it is still a form of payment and valuable, because demanding something for nothing and hurting people are in fact wrong That s at the core of the story Gilda moves through the decades learning how to trust and finding a place in the world, but it s over a century before she can begin to confront her experience of slavery, and start overcoming the trauma In the process she finds relationships no less valid because they can t last and slowly starts to build a found family It s all about being Black and queer in America, about blood and home soil, giving and taking about living in a greedy, exploitative, violent place and resisting those things Lush prose, engaging episodic story, and masses to think about Absolutely a classic 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 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