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Bright Shiny Morning
 
 
Author
James Frey.
Publisher Harper/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780061573132
Pages/Publication Date 501/2008
Daedalus Item Code 01014
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"When James Frey imploded as a memoirist in 2006, many said his A Million Little Pieces should have been—and perhaps initially was—presented as a novel, and that Frey—a sometime screenwriter—was, both by nature and design, a fiction writer.... Set in contemporary Los Angeles, Bright Shiny Morning is not a cohesive narrative but a compilation of vignettes of several characters (if this were a memoir, we'd call them composites) who have come to the city to fulfill their dreams. Some examples: Dylan and Maddie, madly-in-love Midwestern runaways who survive through the kindness of near strangers; Esperanza, a Mexican-American maid tortured by a body that could have been drawn by R. Crumb; a group of drunks and junkies who create a community behind the shacks on Venice Beach; Amberton Parker, a hugely famous married movie star who is secretly—you guessed it—gay. Interspersed with these rotating portraits are random historical and statistical factoids.... Frey's intention, it seems, is to create an onomatopoetic jumble, a cacophony of facts and fiction, stats and stories, that replicate the contradictory nature of the place they describe.... The guy has something: an energy, a drive, a relentlessness, maybe, that can pull readers along, past the voice, past the stock characters, past the clichés. Bright Shiny Morning is ... un-put-downable, a real page-turner—in what may come to be known as the Frey tradition."—Publishers Weekly
 
 
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