A searing and controversial story of drug and alcohol abuse
and rehabilitation, told with the charismatic energy of Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the
revelatory power of Burroughs’ Junky.
By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment
facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he
is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as
he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former
prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than
the clinic’s droning dogma of How to Recover.
James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but
his own bad decisions. He insists on accepting sole accountability for the
person he has been and the person he may become—which he feels runs counter to
his counselor’s recipes for recovery. He must fight to survive on his own
terms, for reasons close to his own heart. And he must battle the ever-tempting
chemical trip to oblivion.
An uncommon accounting of a life destroyed and
reconstructed, and a provocative alternative understanding of the nature of
addiction and the meaning of recovery, A
Million Little Pieces marks the debut of a bold and talented literary
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