My Friend Leonard

My Friend Leonard

Paperback Riverhead

By (author) James Frey

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2006
  • ISBN 10: 1594481954
  • ISBN 13: 9781594481956
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 136,634

Product description

From the author of the bestselling A Million Little Pieces comes the story of his friendship with a highly unorthodox father figure--a high-living, recovering coke addict mobster.

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James Frey is the author of the memoir A Million Little Pieces.Author photo by Annelore Van Herjiwen

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"As smart as it is heartfelt, this tribute to friendship is a far sunnier book than Frey's debut.... Frey's cool, shrewd eye for detail ties it all together, whether he's describing the inside of a jail, a Super Bowl party, or the plaintive rootlessness of life in Los Angeles." --Malcolm Jones, Newsweek "he engrossing story of a bizarre friendship between the author and a dangerous mobster." --People "Frey's appeal lies in his ability to tell his down and dirty, hair-raising story in sparse, hypnotic prose--in this sense he's already a master stylist, of kind. No subject, no height or depth of human experience is too extreme for him to come around on with deadeye grace and force of his beautiful, sad, potent, irresistible prose." --Elle "Has a ferocity and a narrative drive that won't surprise Frey's fans, but is full of unexpected heart that might." --Details "Suffused with anger and regret, written by a man who has straddled the line between life and death and has taken his time figuring out which side he wants to jump to. He spares no gory details." --Poets & Writers Magazine (cover story) "Brave and bold... This is not a document but a rendering, just as Van Gogh's self-portrait distorts his face to capture the riot of emotions behind the eyes... Frey describes how he put feelings back into his life, and the effect is vivid, splashy, mesmerizing. Indeed, he has put the Technicolor back into the memoir." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Examines [Frey's] relationship with the title figure, a Las Vegas mobster who helps him through rehab, jail and the terrifying terrain of sobriety...a tender story of male friendship." --Chicago Tribune "My Friend Leonard is just as compelling as the first book, with the same electrifying narrative energy, stylistic daring and atmosphere of emotional risk...Frey is exceptionally good at conveying the emotional truths behind thea