Bright Shiny Morning

Paperback | May 12, 2009

byJames Frey

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One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers an extraordinary novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass through 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 dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.

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One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers an extraordinary novel—a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass through the reader's sight lines—some never to be seen again—but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls ...

James Frey is originally from Cleveland. All four of his books,A Million Little Pieces,My Friend Leonard,Bright Shiny Morning, andThe Final Testament of the Holy Bible, were international bestsellers.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061573175

ISBN - 13:9780061573170

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! This book was very very good!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! I love the way this book is written. It tells several stories and once and is rather fast-paced. I found it difficult to put down and read the entire book within days. It is an easy read and will fill you with emotions.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book! An utterly entertaining format and hard to put down
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking Unfortunately because of the scandal surrounding his first novel many readers may overlook Bright Shiny Morning. Whatever opinions you have about ‘the scandal’ (which happened almost a decade ago) at least postpone them and read Bright Shiny Morning. The story which reads like many broken up short stories is not for the faint of heart. The realistic, often blunt, nature of the book makes it entertaining. Similar to a car accident that you can’t help but stare at even at the darkest points of this book you will find yourself wanting more. You find yourself looking forward to the next encounter with the characters. Wondering what turns they’re lives will take next, good or bad. I must admit there were some detailed historical pieces about LA that I could have done without. This is both a love letter to LA and a cautionary tale. Bright Shiny Morning captures perspectives from several different walks of life which at first glance may feel like drawn out stereotypes but are really just tributes to the human condition. Check out my first published work Defenseless
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This is my first time reading a James Frey book and it will not be my last! I loved this book. I really enjoyed his writing style which is quite fast paced. He does not get boggled down in many discriptives. It's like he trusts the readers imagination to conjure up whatever setting/circumstances he gives us. This story follows a homeless man, a young woman struggling to find a job that she will feel respected in, a closted homosexual film star, and a young couple going through the every day up's and down's of life. They are all want the same thing: to live the American dream or at least their version of it7. These stories (and other smaller ones that are included) are set in L.A. James Frey also includes many facts about LA which, I thought, added to the story helping me paint a better picture of where these stories were set. This is an awesome, fast read. I recommend!
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding, Amazing, Awesome I. Am. In. Awe. This book got me so good...on so many levels. The writing is astounding...the rythm, amazing...the emotions, heartstopping. I get something out of every book i read. And i don't need to go into the psychology of reading on a website like this. But it's not often i read a book that gets me on so many levels like this one did. The plot: the gut-wrenching emotions of five main characters living in Los Angeles...and the similar emotions of multiple minor characters. Fact and fiction mingle. For me...this was a book about humanity...the humanness of us...the dreams...the failures....the tears. I probabaly can't say enough about this book. I know it's not everyone's types of words...but they certainly were mine.
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astounding I really don't think there are all that many words that can actually describe what I truly feel about this story. James Frey is an excellent writer, despite what people might think about his ethics with regards to his hazy memoirs, he is still an excellent writer. This book has such a strong style. Mostly because Frey himself lets it. The words flow like abstract thoughts because the book is abstract. And it's supposed to be. It's supposed to give you a glimpse. Whether or not that glimpse is true, that makes no difference. Bright Shiny Morning is an elegant tapestry of *life* that doesn't pull a lot of punches. I found the threads that made up that tapestry to be intricately woven to create this whole story of people whose only connection is the city in which they live. I couldn't imagine this book written as a standard novel with proper sentence structure and commas and quotation marks because the story *needs* to give off that chaotic feeling because Los Angeles itself is a chaotic place. I'm so glad that I picked this book up and let myself be taken along with the ride. Even if I found myself not believing a lot of the facts (Heck, Frey says that nothing can be trusted anyhow), I really felt like they could all be true. Some of them might actually be true and others might not. He just has this way of putting it out there and letting you take it either at face value or with a grain of salt. Some might say that James Frey has a sloppy style, but I am inclined to disagree. The world needs more people to write without boundaries and not every book can follow the basic rules of grammar or we'd just have a world filled with absolutely boring books. Frey's style is fresh and deliciously complicated and that's what makes this book so absolutely wonderful. It was a joy to read, honestly and truly.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from did it again Once again I fell in love with his book. Just such an easy read that takes you into the lives of these people. Great work, and waiting for more.
Date published: 2009-06-18