The Gilda Stories Bones Ash Author:Jewelle Gomez This exclusive Triangle Classics edition brings together Jewelle Gomez's beloved lesbian vampire novel "The Gilda Stories" and her acclaimed stage adaptation "Bones & Ash: A Gilda Story" (here publishes in book form for the first time). — Winner of two Lambda Literary Awards (for both fiction and science fiction), "The Gilda Stories" spans two ce... more »nturies and features a Black lesbian heroic figure on a thrilling personal odyssey. A girl rises out of slavery and moves through a varies immortal realm of the past, present, and future to enter a circle of nurturing kindred women-vampires who offer her eternal life.
"Bones & Ash," commissioned and performed by Urban Bush woman to rave reviews in 1995-96, is a lush dramatic treatment of the novel's fierce themes of struggle, passion, history, and survival. Said "The San Francisco Chronical: "It's about... children's games, jazz dancing and African fertility rituals, the Civil War and the next millennium, repressed memories of rape and murder, pagan baptism, skinny-dipping in the Mississippi, bloodsucking fiends, runaway slaves, hip-hop and empowerment of woman." "The New York Times" called the play "a work of majestic theatricality and eloquent detail" and "The Boston Herald" applauded: "Gomez's script is stunning-colorful and poetic in style, powerful in content."
Of an overarching theme to her work, Gomez writes in her new Introduction to this edition: "Lesbians are not the predatory demons that haunt Sheridan Le Fanu's fiction. But we do change the way the world is perceived. We do take blood."« less