I'll Take You There
In this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women, Wally Lambâ€”author of numerousNew York Timesbestselling novels includingSheâ€™s Come Undone, I Know This Much is True,andWe Are Waterâ€”weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer's life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it.Iâ€™ll Take You Therecenters on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, heâ€™s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywoodâ€™s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisitâ€”and in some cases reliveâ€”scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinemaâ€™s big screen.In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly impacted his life. Thereâ€™s his daughter Aliza, a Gen Y writer forNew York Magazinewho is trying to align her post-modern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. At first unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois, who is later joined by the spirits of other celluloid muses.Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him, and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women, of every era, must face.