I'll Take You There (Ecco) appears to be a novel about college in the 1960s and interracial dating. At its heart, though, it pits skeptical against mystical philosophy -- that is, immaturity against wisdom. Joyce Carol Oates differentiates herself from the unnamed heroine of this autobiographical novel and explores the mysteries of individuation and identity.
Read an excerpt from I'll Take You There.
Joyce Carol Oates