One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original.
Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives: a bright, ambitious young Mexican-American woman who allows her future to be undone by a moment of searing humiliation; a supremely narcissistic action-movie star whose passion for the unattainable object of his affection nearly destroys him; a couple, both nineteen years old, who flee their suffocating hometown and struggle to survive on the fringes of the great city; and an aging Venice Beach alcoholic whose life is turned upside down when a meth-addled teenage girl shows up half-dead outside the restroom he calls home.
Throughout this strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.
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After ending up in Los Angeles for no good reason except that it’s where drifters run out of continent, he “stood on the sand staring across the ocean” and “heard one word here here here.” This is one word repeated three times, of course, and that’s because Frey’s idea of meaningful prose the...Jul 06 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Shiny Morning
James Frey's first foray into the world of books, his supposed autobiography A Million Little Pieces, was a spectacular debut in that it provoked that rarest of events: a genuine literary scandal.Aug 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Shiny Morning
Where was Frey's editor at HarperCollins to guide Frey into pruning the clutter and dramatizing the themes in his fact-based tangents?May 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Shiny Morning
Laura Albert was granted a long interview in The Paris Review (usually reserved for only the most accomplished authors in the prime of their career), while Frey was blessed with an astonishingly fawning profile in a recent issue of Vanity Fair exonerating him of most of his sins and plugging his ...Aug 15 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Shiny Morning
A Million Little Pieces fake-memoirist James Frey's new book opens with this disclaimer: “Nothing in this book should be considered accurate or reliable.” Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson, who reviewed Bright Shiny Morning this week, isn't sure that's good enough.Apr 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Shiny Morning
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