The New James Frey: A Review

Oprah's whipping boy is back with a novel that isn't a memoir, but is entertaining despite itself

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James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning.

I'm not going to get between you and James Frey. Frey, as everybody knows, is the author of two books that were published as memoirs--A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard--but turned out to be not especially factually accurate. I'm not that upset about it, mostly because I didn't think the books were that great in the first place. They felt crude and overwrought and underthought to me, and maybe as if Frey were just a little too proud of what a thorough mess he'd made of his life. Yes, he violated the unwritten contract between writer and reader. I...

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