23-year-old James wakes up on a flight to Chicago, badly injured with no memories of his injuries or how he got on the plane. On the airport he is received by his parents who drive him to a rehabilitation clinic since he has been alcoholic for ten years and crack addict for three years while he is being hunted by police in three states for several different charges. Initially sold as a memoir later turned to a semi-fictional novel accused of literary forgery, this novel is the story of its author James Frey.
Originally published: April 15, 2003
Author: James Frey
Followed by: My Friend Leonard
Characters: Leonard, James Frey, Lilly, Miles Davis, Joanne
Awards: Oprah’s Book Club
Genres: Fiction, Memoir, Speculative fiction