I'll Take You There: A Novel

I'll Take You There: A Novel

by Wally Lamb

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Overview

In this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women, Wally Lamb—author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels including She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much is True, and We Are Water—weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer's life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it.

 

I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he’s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood’s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit—and in some cases relive—scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema’s big screen.

 

In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly impacted his life. There’s his daughter Aliza, a Gen Y writer for New York Magazine who is trying to align her post-modern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. At first unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois, who is later joined by the spirits of other celluloid muses.

 

Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him, and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women, of every era, must face.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062656308
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 221,008
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and
selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for seventeen years.

Hometown:

Willimantic, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1950

Place of Birth:

Norwich, Connecticut

Education:

B.A. in Education, University of Connecticut, 1972; M.A. in Education, 1977; M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College, 1984

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I'll Take You There (Signed Book) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author draws you into the book to a world from the past. Fascinating story, and great story teller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read and more than a bit thought provoking.Find the time and enjoy the read and laugh and smile at the humor. Recommended. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughrful and provoking read as well as humourous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Wally Lamb has done it again with his latest novel ---another don't want to put this book down ---with his ability to make his readers smile and sigh. His characters are real, yes even the ghosts ! A gift from a gifted author .
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
If you can...read Wishin' and Hopin' first. Love all his books. This one was a fast read.