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April 2009 Book of the Month.
Frey’s style doesn’t suit all but you cannot escape from the fact that he creates fascinating characters that you can’t help but become enthralled by. In this story of LA, told through a myriad of characters, you really get a feel for the diversity of the place, as well as a history of how the city came to be the LA we now love and loathe in equal measures. Gritty, witty and never a dull moment, we are glad Frey didn’t let a little controversy in his past stop him writing.
Welcome to LA. City of contradictions.
It is home to movie stars and down-and-outs. Palm-lined beaches and gridlock. Shopping sprees and gun sprees.
Bright Shiny Morning takes a wild ride through the ultimate metropolis, where glittering excess rubs shoulders with seedy depravity. Frey’s trademark filmic snapshots zoom in on the
parallel lives of diverse characters, bringing their egos and ideals, hopes and despairs, anxieties and absurdities vividly to life.
Some suffer, like the otherworldly wino who tries to save a spoilt teenage runaway. Others gain, like the canny talent agent who turns sexual harassment to blackmailing advantage. Some are loaded, or grounded, and have luck on their side. Others, like the countless actresses-turnedhookers, or schoolboys-turned-gangsters, are doomed.
Publication date: 17/01/2009
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
|Publication date:||17th January 2009|
|Publisher:||John Murray General Publishing Division|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
James Frey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is married and lives in New York.More About James Frey