Title: I'll Take You There
Publisher: Ecco / Harper Collins, New York
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Oates on the title-page. Spine tips gently rubbed, else fine. Bookseller Inventory # GK2218
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the world?s most respected living novelists. Her new novel is an intense, deeply moving story of how a young woman finds her place in the world. Plus E-book exclusive: "Conceived in the Mode of Memoir," Afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.
?In those days in the early 1960s we were not women yet but girls. This was, without irony perceived as our advantage.?
So begins ?I?ll Take You There?, an astonishingly intimate and unsparing self-portrait of a young woman who comes of age in the most turbulent of American decades.
'Anellia' ? as she sometimes calls herself ? is a student at Syracuse University, the first time she has lived away from her family. Headstrong, passionate, occasionally obsessive, she is pitiless in exposing herself to her new life as she searches for a place in the world.
In her quest for belonging, 'Anellia' discovers the risks, and curious rewards, of confronting the world: being taken in, and then cruelly rejected by a 'sisterhood' of her fellow students, falling recklessly in love with an older graduate student who happens to be black, making a journey westward when summoned by a figure from her past who she believed to be dead. Through this triptych of events, the atoms of 'Anellia's' life comes together as she begins her journey into adulthood.
Joyce Carol Oates' new novel confirms her as one of America's most important writers. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our times. 'I'll Take You There' is a deeply moving, wry, intense examination of how a girl becomes a young woman.
"Anellia" is a young student who, though gifted with a penetrating intelligence, is drastically inclined to obsession. Funny, mordant, and compulsive, she falls passionately in love with a brilliant yet elusive black philosophy student. But she is tested most severely by a figure out of her past she'd long believed dead.
Astonishingly intimate and unsparing, and pitiless in exposing the follies of the time, I'll Take You There is a dramatic revelation of the risks and curious rewards of the obsessive personality as well as a testament to the stubborn strength of a certain type of contemporary female intellectual."
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