The Dyke & the Dybbuk

by Ellen Galford [Seal Press], $10.95

In this very Jewish novel, a medieval lesbian puts a curse on her ex-lover by conjuring up a dybbuk to haunt her and her firstborn daughters unto the 33rd generation. But Kokos, the dybbuk, gets exorcised and incarcerated in a tree for 200 years. Upon her release, she must make good on her contract. Tracking down London cab driver and lesbian film critic Rainbow Rosenbloom (ninth generation of firstborn daughters), Kokos wreaks havoc—much of it feminist and in-your-face. Culturally sensitive to dybbuks (which is not surprising, given that the narrator is one), this book is beyond.