A MILLION LITTLE PIECES by James Frey
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Imagine you’re 23 years old. You’ve been an alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three. You’ve destroyed your body and mind almost beyond repair. You wake up from a two-week blackout to find yourself on a plane. Your four front teeth are missing, your nose is broken, and you’ve got a gaping hole torn in your cheek. You get off the plane to find your parents standing there. They offer to either take you to rehab, or drop you off on the street corner of your choice.
“Lends new meaning to the word ‘harrowing’.”—Pat Conroy
A Million Little Pieces has garnered well-deserved comparisons to Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace, but James Frey’s searing account of addiction and recovery is as fiercely individualistic and unsentimental as its brash author. Recounting his torments in visceral, kinetic prose absent of self-pity (or piety), Frey introduces us to his fellow drug-clinic patients—a mobster, a federal judge, a world champion boxer, a prostitute and crack addict (with whom he falls in love)—and explains why he rejects the status quo approaches to recovery that have worked for millions of addicts (as he writes, “I don’t believe in Higher Powers and the Twelve Steps or anything related to them…”). A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and saved—and the introduction of a bold new literary voice.
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