A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

Book rating: 03 Paperback John Murray

By (author) James Frey

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  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 34mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0719561027
  • ISBN 13: 9780719561023
  • Sales rank: 3,286

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James Frey wakes up on a plane, with no memory of the preceding two weeks. His face is cut and his body is covered with bruises. He has no wallet and no idea of his destination. He has abused alcohol and every drug he can lay his hands on for a decade - and he is aged only twenty-three. What happens next is one of the most powerful and extreme stories ever told. His family takes him to a rehabilitation centre. And James Frey starts his perilous journey back to the world of the drug and alcohol-free living. His lack of self-pity is unflinching and searing. A Million Little Pieces is a dazzling account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice.

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James Frey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.

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By Carnie 05 Mar 2013 3

Although the book was engaging something did sit right with me when I read it, and then I heard of the controversy and that hit the nail on the head. Worth the read though.

By Fran Wolfman 04 Sep 2009 5

There was a lot of controversy about this book after it came out and after I read it. But it is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. Everyone should read it. Loved it!

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"This is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read (I've read thousands!) James Freys strength of character is compelling from the very start. I just could not put this book down and immmediately bought the sequel - My Friend Leonard which I have to say is equally brilliant. Leaves the reader wanting more books from James Frey. Excellent reading, thought provoking, moving and inspirational. Fantastic."

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Excellent ... Frey's storytelling feels compulsive, involuntary ... poignant and tragic. The forthcoming film will almost certainly be a cult hit ... The good thing about Frey is that he writes as if he needs to; I hope his new compulsion thrives William Leith, Spectator James Frey's utterly mesmerising account ... [is] easily the most remarkable non-fiction book about drugs and drug taking since Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ... As a memoir, it is almost mythic. You can imagine it made epic by Martin Scorsese, the auteur of wayward American maleness in all its extremity ... Utterly compulsive Observer Frey really can write. Brilliantly. And if you don't think so, f*** you Evening Standard Clear sighted and intellectually honest Literary Review A heartbreaking memoir ... inspirational and essential Bret Easton Ellis This book is definitely going to be huge ... There is no question that he's a good writer. As soon as you start reading the book, Frey's voice rings out. It's clear and sharp and turbocharged ... We love rehab memoirs. This is a good one. It might even be a great one Independent An extraordinary and deeply moving book that will make you think about family, friendship, love, religion, death and perhaps most of all, the human spirit Irish Sunday Independent Startling and ultimately breath taking Kirkus Reviews Horribly honest and funny ... Read this immediately Gus Van Sant Harrowing, poetic and rather magnificent FHM James Frey spent ten years addicted to alcohol and crack before going into rehab at the age of 23. This unrelenting memoir of his recovery spares no detail. Luckily, he is a good writer - indulgent and uncompromising Metro Frey is selfish, egocentric, violent and pompous ... What redeems this insufferably bad mannered book is that, at the end of the day, Frey can write. Brilliantly Scotsman Frey's writing style vividly conveys the horrors of addiction ... dark humour and sharp observations are evidence of a keen intelligence and an unusual strength of character ... a totally absorbing book The Magistrate Harrowing and unflinching ... This is not a book about drugs but about their aftermath ... Though definitely not for the faint hearted, Frey is often darkly and self deprecatingly funny. This is, in essence, a story of redemption and an incredibly moving one. This is a great book Waterstone's Books Quarterly This book is a raging, brilliant debut. Waterstone's Books Quarterly Crafted from genuine, raw emotion. Irish Examiner 'Blisteringly written ... The prose is superb' Daily Express 'James Frey propelled the memoir of dysfunctional life to the top of the bestseller lists' Daily Telegraph 'Frey's book combined high quality drug porn with memorable characters and a strong narrative arc that describes a modern version of Rake's Progress.' Druglink Magazine 'The last remarkable book I read... I couldn't put it down.' Q Magazine, Dave Matthews

Editorial reviews

James Frey comes to his senses on a plane, his face shattered and his body disintegrating from alcohol and drug abuse. In a desperate attempt to rescue him, his parents take him to a rehabilitation centre, where he must face the demons that have made him a violent, suicidal addict at the age of 23. He discovers a world peopled with despondent, damaged and determined characters. His friends, his family and most of all his beloved Lilly teach Frey how to love again. Frey's journey from the degradation of substance abuse to moral and spiritual redemption is as immaculately paced and structured as a novel. This bittersweet memoir is written with searing honesty. It is unflinching and devoid of self-pity, but filled with love and understanding for Frey's fellow-sufferers and his family. Uplifting, challenging and devastating in turns, this beautifully written book is poignant and compelling to the very end. (Kirkus UK)