I'll Take You There: A Novel by Wally LambI'll Take You There: A Novel by Wally Lamb

I'll Take You There: A Novel

byWally Lamb

Hardcover | June 30, 2018

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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.


Walter (Wally) Lamb was born in Norwich, Connecticut on October 17, 1950. He attended the University of Connecticut, receiving a B.A. in 1972 and an M.A. in 1977; he also earned an M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1984. Lamb has written numerous short stories, most notably "Astronauts", which received both the Pushcart Prize and the Univ...
Title:I'll Take You There: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:June 30, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062656287

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from You Can't Really Go Wrong With Wally Lamb At first, I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book. It was well written, but I was looking for something more. Wally Lamb is such a good author - I tend to expect a lot. However, about half way through, it started to come together. I ended up being really happy with it. I would recommend this book, and anything else that he's written. Definitely worth the read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This was a really good read!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an extrodinary author I love him he makes it feel as if you are apart of the characters life you feel what they feel so beautifully written
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Less Than Stellar I honestly did not really like this book. Don't get me wrong-the writing was amazing. The words were well-strung and beautiful in typical Wally Lamb style, but the context read more like a feminist agenda that was, in two particular instances, so divergent from the story itself it became almost like a work of non-fiction. I think the ideas would have been better executed if they were more built in to the story.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Interesting plot and characters
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read....But! Wally Lamb is a very talented writer, so this book is an excellent read solely based on his brilliance. While I enjoyed the writing, the story was slow moving and it felt like he had a checklist of feminist issues that he checked off as he addressed them. Don't let my hesitation deter you from reading this however.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mastery of compassionate characters continues If there's one thing that continues to amaze me about Wally Lamb, it is that his novels keep coming up with new ways to tell a story that really brings the reader in touch with the personality and challenges of the protagonist. In "I'll take you there" he also continues his mastery of telling a story about female characters through the eyes of a male protagonist, something the did so beautifully in "The Hour I First Believed", and he does so again here. Normally, I would never rush to read a story involving spirits and the after-life. I picked up this book without knowing what it was fully about. Any skepticism I had about the topic quickly went away when I saw how Lamb does it. He tells a beautiful story of Felix Funicello and the challenges he and his family faced while he was growing up. It's never a cut and dry simple situation with Wally Lamb novels and this one is no different. It is an engrossing story with characters that capture you. You can't help but want to keep reading to find out what happens to all of them, told through Lamb's talented prose. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-05

Editorial Reviews

“Lamb’s previous work has been quite sensitive to women, painting endearing portraits of female characters who have been ignored, shamed and often mistreated. He builds on that tradition in I’ll Take You There, a love letter to feminism and to trailblazing women-real and imagined-who have graced the silver screen or stood behind the camera.”