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Dyke and the Dybbuk, The

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  • Dyke and the Dybbuk, The
  • Author: Ellen Galford
  • Publisher: Seal Press
  • Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • 257 pages
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An ancient spirit returns to haunt a modern-day London lesbian. Two hundred years ago, when Anya's lover, Gittel, broke her promise of 'undying sisterhood' by marrying a Torah scholar, Anya conjured up a vicious curse whereby Gittel and every first-born female descendant for 33 generations would be possessed by a dybbuk and bear only daughters. Dybbuk Kokos, the soul-stealer who gets assigned this job by the Head Office, runs into trouble when the family turns to her nemesis, the Sage of Limnititzk, for help; he drives Kokos from Gittel and traps her in a tree. When a bolt of lightning releases Kokos two centuries later, her re-acclimation to modern times proves challenging. The Head Office has been taken over by a high-tech multinational corporation with everything from a plan to terminate her contract to an employee health club. Kokos insists on tracking down Gittel's 20th-century descendant, but she discovers that Rainbow Rosenbloom, a political, lesbian film-critic-cum-taxi-driver, is a tough nut to haunt. Everyone from the bevy of aunts who look after her to her friends and co-workers already considers Rainbow a little crazy, so Kokos has to modify her approach; instead of making Rainbow lose it, she makes her into a Nice Jewish Girl. On the trail of a beautiful but straight orthodox woman, Rainbow even considers marrying a man and returning to her roots to be closer to her dream girl. This plan serves Kokos well, since it also ensures future generations to haunt.

Qvamp says:

Definitely an enjoyable story. The dybbuk and the dyke get along well and reach an understanding in how the two of them can get along. The dybbuk seems to prefer females (and Jews) already, and the dyke enjoys having someone who is on her side. So the relationship works.

Very queer positive, and unusual in its story telling, this book is heartily recommended.

Rating B
Queer Vampire Rating B+
Amount of Gay Content sex


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