I'll Fly Away

I'll Fly Away

Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison

By Wally Lamb

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061626395, 258pp.

Publication Date: October 2008


For several years, Wally Lamb, the author of two of the most beloved novels of our time, has run a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these women to face their fears and failures and begin to imagine better lives. Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of their essays, was published in 2003 to great critical acclaim. With I'll Fly Away, Lamb offers readers a new volume of intimate pieces from the York workshop. Startling, heartbreaking, and inspiring, these stories are as varied as the individuals who wrote them, but each illuminates an important core truth: that a life can be altered through self-awareness and the power of the written word.

About the Author
Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number-one New York Times bestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

Praise For I'll Fly Away

“Lamb . . . continues to offer readers an intimate look at women struggling to maintain their humanity.”

“Inspiring and raw…They write from the heart…each vignette is more compelling than the one before it.”
-Library Journal

“Accomplished…Each story, no matter how grim or gritty, shows polish.”
-Kirkus Reviews