Bright Shiny Morning

Bright Shiny Morning

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
An ambitious young Mexican-American woman compromises her future in a moment of searing humiliation, while a narcissistic action-movie star risks everything in his obsession over an unattainable love.


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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061649448
Branch Call Number: FICTION FREY
Characteristics: 501 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 14, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, from the quick LA facts to the characters. Couldn't put it down.

Emptynet Jul 26, 2011

James Frey does a great job of story telling. the stories are mixed in together, but unrelated. A bit confusing at time with no true endings

Mar 10, 2010

A great read that tells the story of a variety of unrelated characters living in LA. Every chapter is introduced by an interesting fact about L.A. The writing is style is very fast paced - you can hear the cynicism in the writer's voice that reflects the hard, driving life in the big city.

Nov 02, 2008

Very disappointed! Doesn't even compare to his other writings


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