James Frey Biography
James Frey (born September 12, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), were best-sellers marketed as memoirs. Large parts of the stories were later found to be exaggerated or fabricated, sparking a media controversy. His 2008 novel Bright Shiny Morning was also a bestseller.
Frey is the founder and CEO of Full Fathom Five. A transmedia production company, FFF is responsible for the young adult adventure/science fiction series “The Lorien Legacies” of seven books written by Frey and others, under the collective pen name Pittacus Lore. Frey’s first book of the series, I Am Number Four (2010), was made into a feature film by DreamWorks Studios.
James Frey Age
James Frey (born September 12, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), were best-sellers marketed as memoirs. He is 49 years old as of 2018
James Frey Career
Frey is a Denison University alumnus, a history major from the class of 1992. He wrote the screenplays to the films Kissing a Fool and Sugar: The Fall of the West, the latter of which he directed as well. Both were produced in 1998.
Doubleday published A Million Little Pieces in April 2003, which Frey wrote as a memoir of drug addiction, crime and eventual journey to sobriety. The initial reception was mostly positive, with Amazon.com editors selecting it as their favorite book of that year, and Frey followed it up with a sequel, My Friend Leonard, in 2005.
The second book centered on the father-son relationship which Frey formed with his friend Leonard, from the Hazelden addiction treatment program. My Friend Leonard was published in June 2005 by Riverhead and also became a bestseller. Significant parts of the two books, which were initially promoted as factual, were later revealed to be invented by Frey (see § Controversy).
Despite the controversy, Frey signed a new three-book, seven-figure deal in late 2007 with Harper Collins to release his novel, Bright Shiny Morning, which was published May 13, 2008. Bright Shiny Morning appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and has received mixed reviews.
The New York Times’s Janet Maslin, who had previously been one of Frey’s detractors, gave the book a rave review. The New Yorker review described the novel as “banal”. The book also received highly polarized reviews by the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian. The first epigraph states: “Nothing in this book should be considered accurate or reliable.”
In 2011, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, depicted as “the last book of the Bible” was released on Good Friday, April 22, 2011. He self-published e-editions of the book. A self-professed atheist, his work has reflected his attempt to write about a god that he “might actually believe in.”
On August 19, 2010, the New York Post’s “Page Six” gossip column reported that Frey has teamed up with executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson to write the pilot for a one-hour drama for HBO that will focus on a behind-the-scenes look into the porn industry in Los Angeles.
Frey described the show as “a sprawling epic about the porn business in LA. We’re going to tell the type of stories no one else has told before, and go places no one has gone before.” In August 2012, Frey published “A Moving Story”, chronicling the workplace organizing of a New York moving company, on the website Libcom.
On October 7, 2014, Endgame: The Calling, the first book in a trilogy of novellas by Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton, was published by HarperCollins. It was turned into an augmented reality game by Google’s Niantic Labs and 20th Century Fox bought the movie rights.
The premise of the novella is that aliens created human life on Earth and 12 ancient lines are destined to train a player to fight to the death for the survival of their line once Endgame begins. The book series will also have clues which will lead one lucky winner to a cash prize.
On November 18, 2015, Pepsi released “Black Knight Decoded,” a fictional narrative imagining a conspiracy involving the Black Knight satellite legend. Frey was credited as the writer.
James Frey Controversy
A Million Little Pieces
On January 8, 2006, The Smoking Gun website published an article called “A Million Little Lies: Exposing James Frey’s Fiction Addiction”, alleging that Frey fabricated large parts of his memoirs, including details about his criminal record. One incident in the book that came under particular scrutiny was a 1986 train-automobile collision in St. Joseph Township, Michigan.
The website alleged that Frey had never been incarcerated and that he greatly exaggerated the circumstances of a key arrest detailed in the memoir: hitting a police officer with his car, while high on crack, which led to a violent melee with multiple officers and an 87-day jail sentence.
In the police report that TSG uncovered, Frey was held at a police station for no more than five hours before posting a bond of a few hundred dollars for some minor offenses. The arresting officer, according to TSG, recalled Frey as having been polite and cooperative.
The book’s hardcover (Doubleday) and paperback (Anchor Books) publishers initially stood by Frey, but the examination of the evidence caused the publishers to alter their stances. As a consequence, the publishers decided to include a publisher’s note and an author’s note from Frey as disclaimers to be included in future publications.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune had questioned Frey’s claims as early as 2003. Frey responded by saying, “I’ve never denied I’ve altered small details.” In a May 2003 interview, Frey claimed that his publisher had fact-checked his first book.
On January 11, 2006, Frey appeared with his mother on Larry King Live on CNN. He defended his work while claiming that all memoirs alter minor details for literary effect. Frey consistently referred to the reality of his addiction, which he said was the principal point of his work.
Oprah Winfrey called in at the end of the show defending the essence of Frey’s book and the inspiration it provided to her viewers but said she relied on the publisher to assess the book’s authenticity.
James Frey Appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show
On January 26, 2006, as more accusations against the book continued to surface, Winfrey invited Frey onto her show. She wanted to hear from him directly whether he had lied to her or “simply” embellished minor details, as he had told Larry King. Frey admitted to several of the allegations against him.
He acknowledged that The Smoking Gun had been accurate when the website reported that Frey had only spent a few hours in jail rather than the 87 days Frey claimed in his memoirs.
Winfrey then brought out Frey’s publisher Nan Talese to defend her decision to classify the book as a memoir. Talese admitted that she had done nothing to check the book’s veracity, despite the fact that her representatives had assured Winfrey’s staff that the book was indeed non-fiction and described it as “brutally honest” in a press release.
Several columnists weighed in on the controversy, including David Carr of the New York Times, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Larry King, and the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen.
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James Frey Aftermath
On January 31, 2006, it was announced that Frey had been dropped by his literary manager, Kassie Evashevski of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, over matters of trust. In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Evashevski said that she had “never personally seen a media frenzy like this regarding a book before”.
On February 1, 2006, Random House published Frey’s note to the reader which was subsequently included in later editions of the book. In the note, Frey apologized for fabricating portions of his book.
On February 24, 2006, Frey’s publicist revealed that Penguin imprint Riverhead had dropped out of a two-book, seven-figure deal with Frey. Riverhead had previously published Frey’s bestselling 2005 book, My Friend Leonard.
On September 12, 2006, Frey and publisher Random House, Inc. reached a tentative legal settlement, whereby readers who felt that they had been defrauded by Frey’s A Million Little Pieces would be offered a refund.
In order to receive the refund, customers had to submit a proof of purchase such as pieces of the book itself (page 163 from the hardcover or the front cover from the paperback), and complete a sworn statement indicating that they had purchased the book under the assumption that it was a memoir.
On July 28, 2007, at a literary convention in Texas, Nan Talese verbally attacked Oprah for misrepresenting the purpose of the interview on January 26, 2006. Just before air time, both Talese and Frey were told the topic of the show had been changed to “The James Frey Controversy”.
On November 2, 2007, the Associated Press published a story about judgment in favor of readers who felt deceived by Frey’s claims of A Million Little Pieces is a memoir. Although the publisher, Random House, had set aside $2.35 million for lawsuits, only 1,729 readers came forward to receive a refund for the book.
The refund offer was extended to anyone who had purchased the book prior to Frey’s disclosing the falsehoods therein. Chicago lawyer Larry D. Drury, defending the plaintiff, received approximately $1.3 million for legal fees, distribution of the legal notice, and charitable donations to three charities, while total claimants’ refunds issued to readers only came to $27,348.
The publisher also agreed to provide a disclosure at the beginning of the book, citing the somewhat fictitious nature of the text.
In May 2009, Vanity Fair reported that Winfrey had called Frey and apologized for the surprise topic change of January 26, 2006. She made a televised apology in 2011.
Following the events of Frey’s Oprah appearance, South Park created a parody of the events with their character Towelie, entitled “A Million Little Fibers”.
James Frey Full Fathom Five
In 2009, Frey formed Full Fathom Five, a young adult novel publishing company that aimed to create highly commercial novels like Twilight. In November 2010, controversy arose when an MFA student who had been in talks to create content for the company released her extremely limiting contract online.
The contract allows Frey license to remove an author from a project at any time, does not require him to give the author credit for their work, and only pays a standard advance of $250.
A New York magazine article entitled “James Frey’s Fiction Factory” gave more details about the company, including information about the highly successful “Lorien Legacies” series, a collaboration between MFA student Jobie Hughes and Frey.
The article details how Frey removed Hughes from the project, allegedly during a screaming match between the two authors. In the article, Frey is accused of abusing and using MFA students as cheap labor to churn out commercial young adult books.
James Frey Wife
James Frey is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces (2003) and My Friend Leonard (2005), were best-sellers marketed as memoirs.
Large parts of the stories were later found to be exaggerated or fabricated, sparking a media controversy. His 2008 novel Bright Shiny Morning was also a bestseller. His wife name is Maya Frey but there no information when he married
James Frey Parents
James Frey is an American writer and businessman. His two first books, A Million Little Pieces, and My Friend Leonard were best-sellers marketed as memoirs. Large parts of the stories were later found to be exaggerated or fabricated, sparking a media controversy. James FreyParents Robert Frey Father, and Linda free mother
Endgame James Frey
Frey also has an intellectual property company, Full Fathom Five, that he launched in 2009. The Lorien Legacies, also known as the I Am Number Four book series, is the company’s highest profile issue. The first of this series was also developed into a film.
Endgame is the first in a series that Frey intends to release with Harper Collins. The yet to be released YA novel has already been picked up for a film adaptation by Fox and Google (the latter’s role has not been explained yet).
James Frey Net Worth
James Christopher Frey was born on September 12, 1969. He’s an American writer and the founder and CEO of the production company ‘Full Fanthom Five’.
James Frey has accumulated a net worth of $4.5 million and he started his career in show business.
Like the others from our top list, James Frey and Oprah aren’t such good friends.
Yes, she made him reach, but she also embarrassed him. Good thing that turned out in James’ favor, as he scored a $7 million deal with Harper Collins.
To tell you all about it, in 2005, James’ memoir was featured in Oprah Book Club. Apparently, it was discovered that much of his memoir was fabricated. So, the 2 met on Oprah’s show to discuss the controversy.
And what should have been humiliating for ‘A Million Little Pieces’ author, turned out to be a huge success.
His book is now a New York Times’ bestseller and #1 nonfiction book on Amazon.com.Next is Oprah’s interior designer. Handsome guy!
James Frey Books
A Million Little Pieces 2003, Bright Shiny Morning 2008, Katerina 2018, My Friend Leonard 2005, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible 2011, Endgame: The Calling 2014, Endgame: Rules of the Game 2016, Endgame: Sky Key 2015, Endgame: The Complete Zero Line Chronicles 2016, The Calling (Endgame, Book 1) 2014,
The Complete Training Diaries 2015, The Complete Fugitive Archives (Project Berlin, The Moscow Meeting, The Buried Cities) (Endgame: The Fugitive Archives) 2017, Endgame: The Complete Training Diaries: Volumes 1, 2, and 3 2015, Endgame: The Fugitive Archives Volume 1: Project Berlin 2016, Endgame: The Fugitive Archives Volume 2: The Moscow Meeting 2017, Endgame: The Fugitive Archives Volume 3: The Buried Cities 2017,
L.A. story 2009, Bright Shiny Morning: Wives, Wheels, Weapons 2008, I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy 2011, Endgame Sampler 2014, Endgame: The Training Diaries Volume 1: Origins 2014, Reap (Endgame: The Zero Line Chronicles, Book 3) 2016, Incite (Endgame: The Zero Line Chronicles, Book 1) 2016, Endgame: The Zero Line Chronicles Volume 2: Feed 2016,
The Complete Training Diaries (Origins, Descendant, Existence) (Endgame) 2015, Endgame: The Training Diaries Volume 3: Existence 2015, Insomniac: I Make the World Dance 1999, The Elixir 1986, Richard Phillips: Most Wanted 2011, Canal Zone: Richard Prince: November 8 – December 20, 2008,
Gagosian Gallery, New York 2008, Descendant (Endgame: The Training Diaries, Book 2) 2015, Endgame (3) – Endgame 3 2016, Endgame: Missions (volume 1). Chiyoko, Marcus, Alice, Kala 2014, The Fate of Ten 2015, A Million Little Pieces (SparkNotes Literature Guide) 2014
James Frey A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces is a book by James Frey, originally sold as a memoir and later marketed as a semi-fictional novel following accusations of literary forgery.
It tells the story of a 23-year-old alcoholic and drug abuser and how he copes with rehabilitation in a twelve steps-oriented treatment center. While initially promoted as a memoir, it was later discovered that many of the events described in the book never happened.
A badly tattered James awakens on an airplane to Chicago, with no recollection of his injuries or of how he ended up on the plane. He is met by his parents at the airport, who take him to a rehabilitation clinic.
We find out that James is 23 years old and has been an alcoholic for ten years, and a crack addict for three. He is also wanted by the police in three different states on several charges.
As he checks into the rehab clinic, he is forced to quit his substance abuse, a transition that we find out later probably saves his life, but is also an incredibly agonizing event. As part of this, he is forced to undergo a series of painful root canals, without any anesthesia because of possible negative reactions to the drugs.
He copes with the pain by squeezing tennis balls until his nails crack (when challenged on this specific incident during his second Oprah appearance, Frey said that it may have been “more than one” root canal procedure and may or may not have included Novocaine, as he remembers it).
The book follows Frey through the painful experiences that lead up to his eventual release from the center, including his participation in the clinic’s family program with his parents, despite his strong desire not to.
Throughout the novel, Frey speaks of the “Fury” he is fighting, which he sees as the cause of his desire to drink alcohol and use drugs. The “Fury” could be seen as the antagonist of the novel because he believes that he will not be able to recover until he learns to ignore it or “kill it”.
Frey meets many interesting people in the clinic, with whom he forms relationships and who play an important role in his life both during and after his time in the clinic.
These people include a mafia boss who plays a vital role in his recovery (the subject of Frey’s subsequent book My Friend Leonard) and a woman drug addict with whom he falls in love, despite strict rules forbidding contact between men and women at the clinic. James finally recovers and never relapses.
A notable feature of Pieces is its lack of quotation marks to indicate direct quotes or dialogue. Instead, a new line is started each time someone speaks.
The fact that the author uses this same style to indicate his internal thoughts often interspersed between direct dialogue from himself and others, gives the book a unique and sometimes confusing writing style, purportedly reflecting the nature of his experience in the treatment center.
Frey makes frequent use of this stream of consciousness writing technique, which is intended to allow the reader to better understand his version of the events. Frey’s unique writing style also involves his capitalizing nouns throughout the book for unclear reasons. Frey also uses heavy repetition of words throughout the text.