Katerina by James FreyKaterina by James Frey


byJames Frey

Paperback | September 11, 2018

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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles.

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America’s most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.

At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination.
James Frey was born on September 12, 1969. He graduated from Denison University in 1992. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and found work as a screenwriter, director, and producer. He wrote the screenplays to the films Kissing a Fool and Sugar: The Fall of the West, which he also directed. He is an American author who was thrust into ...
Title:KaterinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1 inPublished:September 11, 2018Publisher:Gallery/Scout PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1982109203

ISBN - 13:9781982109202

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it could’ve been better. I enjoyed reading it but plateaued closer to the end. Expected a bit more.
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have been a fan of James Frey since AMLP. Loved My Friend Leonard. Adored Bright Shiny Morning. Was shocked and impressed by the Final Testament. His writing style, his abruptness - I know the way he is and I respected it. But this...this book is garbage. It pains me to say that because of how much I loved Frey. His writing has changed. It’s stupider, dumber, the actual reading level reminded me of something like Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey. It’s embarrassing. And the storyline is absolutely ridiculous. Jay is obviously a representation of James himself, and now that I know this is how he views himself, I’m disgusted. Get off your high horse. People don’t hate this book because of the swearing or the (poorly written) sex scenes. They hate it because it’s a bad book. You said when I saw you during this book tour that you wanted to provoke people and make them feel things. This book made me feel nothing but annoyed and embarrassed for you. I’m not sure what happened, but you’ve lost a fan.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book that left me speechless! Wow!! This book! I literally had to take a few days after finishing this book to process what I had read and get my thoughts straight. The writing just blew me away!! It left me speechless! This was the first book I have read by James Frey and wow, I can say that I am now a huge fan! He has such a way of writing that pulls you in! I will definitely be on the lookout for his other books. Sex, drugs, and alcohol. That is a common and frequent storyline of the book. Jay sleeps with various women, has many one night stands, drinks and drinks and drinks, and does drugs like there’s no tomorrow. He is all kinds of messed up and his character is very easy to dislike, or hate. He hits rock bottom. He makes a complete mess of his life, and along the way he meets Katerina. They have a whirlwind romance, with more sex, drugs, and alcohol. She is just as crazy and messed up as he is… and he loves it. I found myself literally flipping through the pages of this book as I was curious what would happen next. I wanted to see how much more messed up Jay could get (if that was possible!). I wanted to see how far his relationship with Katerina would go. There were so many shocking parts and surprises in this book it makes it so hard to put down. I loved the writing! Wow…Just wow! I found myself emotional reading through the book. Especially near the end. Without giving away any spoilers, I just want to say this book left me speechless and teary eyed at the end. Such a powerful book! Definitely a must read! Get this book now!
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love I have always held steadfast with my love for James Frey despite critical reviews. Katerina is written in his iconic style and does not disappoint, I believe it was well worth the wait. Sure, some language used and scenes he creates are not always safe for work but it is part of his allure. The back and forth between times and locations is completely engaging and answers all the what if questions it creates. The way Frey ties in A Million Little Pieces really brought the book full circle for me. I would absolutely recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Just Don't Get It I tried reading this book twice and both times I said to myself "WHY". I got through about 150 pages and I decided that was enough the book is being returned. I did like his first book even if some of it was fictional but this book is dreadful. Don't waste your money on this book!! I am not even sure why it would be published. It is very pornographic and I am not a prude by any sense but if you have it in the book make it have a point and a reason for being in the book.
Date published: 2018-09-19

Editorial Reviews

“American author James Frey’s novel uses beautiful prose to tell an enchanting story about love, addiction, artistic struggles and guilt . . . Frey has a gift for controversy, but also undeniable talent.”