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I'll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison

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Publisher Comments:

In 2003 Wally Lamb — the author of two of the most beloved novels of our time, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True — published Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of essays by the students in his writing workshop at the maximum-security York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these women to confront painful memories, face their fears and their failures, and begin to imagine better lives. The New York Times described the book as "Gut-tearing tales...the unvarnished truth." The Los Angeles Times said of it, "Lying next to and rising out of despair, hope permeates this book."

Now Lamb returns with I'll Fly Away, a new volume of intimate, searching pieces from the York workshop. Here, twenty women — eighteen inmates and two of Lamb's co-facilitators — share the experiences that shaped them from childhood and that haunt and inspire them to this day. These portraits, vignettes, and stories depict with soul-baring honesty how and why women land in prison — and what happens once they get there. The stories are as varied as the individuals who wrote them, but each testifies to the same core truth: the universal value of knowing oneself and changing one's life through the power of the written word.

Review:

"Writing as an act of self-realization and liberation and, not incidentally, an indictment of the penal system." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Wally Lamb's two novels, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. He was the editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a previous volume of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution. A volunteer facilitator at York for the past eight years, Lamb is currently at work on his third novel. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061369223
Subtitle:
Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison
Author:
Lamb, Wally
Author:
I'll Fly Away Contributors
Author:
I'll, Fly Away Contributors
Author:
by Wally Lamb
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Prisoners' writings, American.
Subject:
Women prisoners
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Prisoners' writings, American - Connecticut
Subject:
Women prisoners -- Connecticut.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070918
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.93 in 16.34 oz

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