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

ISBN-10: 0061369225
ISBN-13: 9780061369223
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/18/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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.

Walter (Wally) Lamb was born in Norwich, Conn., in 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 University of Missouri's William Peden Prize in 1990. He is also the author of the bestselling novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True. Lamb writes stories, he says, because he sometimes hears another voice in his head and feels the need to tell that character's story. However, he feels an equally strong calling to teach, and has no plans to become a fulltime writer. He has taught English at the Norwich Free Academy since 1972, and for many years directed the Academy's writing center, which he also played a major role in creating. The idea for it developed as he became more involved in fictionwriting himself and realized that the common methods of teaching composition, which involved grading a paper and commenting on it after the student was finished, were not particularly helpful. He set up a program that allowed students to get feedback from both teachers and peers early in the writing process, so that they could incorporate the suggestions into their final work. Lamb now teaches at the University of Connecticut. His novel She's Come Undone was a finalist for the 1992 Los Angeles Times Book Awards Art Seidenbaum Prize for first fiction. It was also chosen by the Oprah Winfrey Show as a "Book Club" selection in early 1997, and is one of the bestselling titles chosen for that honor. Lamb was awarded the 1998 Governors Arts Award, State of Connecticut, he is a past recipient of the NEA grant for fiction and is a Missouri Review William Peden fiction prize winner. Wally Lamb and his wife, Christine, live in Willimantic, Conn. They have two children, Jared and Justin.

In Remembrance
Acknowledgments
Revisions and Corrections
When I Was a Child...
Florida Memories
Kidnapped!
Shhh, Don't Tell
In the Mood "Savannah"
Tinker Bell
One Saturday Morning
Gifts My Family Gave Me
The Captain
A Brother's Gift
The Rainbow Ring
Pictures of a Daughter, Viewed in Prison
Under-Where?
Why I Write
Lavender and Vanilla
A Gift
Broken Dolls and Marionettes
Broken Doll
"No" Is Not Just a Word
Wishes
The Marionette
Falling
Crime and Punishment
Lost and Found
The Chase
Prom Queen
Down on the Farm
Big Girl Jail
Wasted Time
Serpents
The Lights Are Flickering, Again
Just Another Death
I'll Fly Away
My Three Fates
Dance of the Willow
I Won't Burn Alone
Seasons' Rhythms
Flight of the Bumblebee
Reawakening Through Nature: A Prison Reflection
Contributors
Facilitators' Biographical Statements

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