I'll Fly Away (Paperback)

Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison

By Wally Lamb, I'll Fly Away contributors

Harper Perennial, 9780061626395, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2008

List Price: 14.99*
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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 five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and
selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for seventeen years.

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

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

“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