A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 34mm | 359.99g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • none
  • 0719561027
  • 9780719561023
  • 30,909

About James Frey

James Frey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.
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'The last remarkable book I read... I couldn't put it down.' * Q Magazine, Dave Matthews * '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 * 'James Frey propelled the memoir of dysfunctional life to the top of the bestseller lists' * Daily Telegraph * 'Blisteringly written ... The prose is superb' * Daily Express * Crafted from genuine, raw emotion. * Irish Examiner * This book is a raging, brilliant debut. * Waterstone's Books Quarterly * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * Harrowing, poetic and rather magnificent * FHM * Horribly honest and funny ... Read this immediately * Gus Van Sant * Startling and ultimately breath taking * Kirkus Reviews * 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 * 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 * A heartbreaking memoir ... inspirational and essential * Bret Easton Ellis * Clear sighted and intellectually honest * Literary Review * Frey really can write. Brilliantly. And if you don't think so, f*** you * Evening Standard * 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 * 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 *
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Review Text

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
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Rating details

190,899 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 24% (46,434)
4 34% (64,078)
3 27% (51,726)
2 10% (19,030)
1 5% (9,631)

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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.show more
by Carnie
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!show more
by Fran Wolfman
"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."show more
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