I'll Fly Away

I'll Fly Away

Further Testimonies From the Women of York Prison

Book - 2007
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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 cofacilitators--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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2007.
ISBN: 9780061369223
0061369225
Characteristics: xii, 258 pages ;,24 cm.

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linto94
Jun 23, 2018

Short stories
Not my cup of tea.

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campingmomma
Nov 20, 2014

I really enjoyed this second book of testimonies from the women of York CI. Many talked of what brought them to jail; their crimes, some talked of their often tragic upbringings and others spoke of jail life itself. The stories were all engaging.
Two downsides to me. One is minor and is just a personal preference. I am not a fan of poetry. (Sorry all you poetry lovers out there.) There was a fair amount of it in this book that was not found in the first book and because I don't enjoy it I can't speak to the quality of it. The second downside really kind of irked me throughout the whole book and that was they did not include mini bio's of the women after their stories like they did in the first book, "Couldn't Keep It To Myself", that is until the end of the book. At the end of this book they did include mini bio's of the women, but by then it was hard to remember who wrote what and which woman went with which story.
I was impressed with both books and will probably reread it at some point as the stories were very engaging and really made you see these women not just as criminals, but as human beings.

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emkenny78
Feb 06, 2014

Great book, and a quick read.

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