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I'll Take You There: A Novel Hardcover – November 22, 2016
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“A well-told story about a man whose dealings with women are as transformational as the women’s liberation movement itself.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Wally Lamb’s affection for these characters is so palpable, his intentions so palpably good, that it’s hard not to be touched by this sweet-natured novel.” (Washington Post)
“Lamb is a writer with heart, passion and skill. I’LL TAKE YOU THERE deals with themes of feminism, eating disorders and family secrets, and winds up with a warmhearted finale.” (USA Today)
“A warm, wise and witty story with a strong and appreciative theme of feminism at its big heart.” (New London Day)
“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.” (BookPage)
From the Back Cover
The New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb 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’s 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 affected his life. There’s his daughter, Aliza, a Gen Y writer for New York magazine who is trying to align her postmodern 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.
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.
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