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Katerina

by James Frey

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Katerina by James Frey
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  • Published Sep 2018
    320 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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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.

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"With Katerina, a sexy, intriguing, page-turning love story, Frey is back in the game, again." - Publishers Weekly

"In propulsive, shattering prose, Frey moves primarily between 2017 Los Angeles and 1992 Paris as a successful but emotionally end-of-his-rope author is thrown back to his raucous, raunchy, revelatory young days in the City of Light and his affair with the heart-stopping Katerina." - Library Journal

"If Frey (Bright Shiny Morning?, 2008) can't make readers forget his highly public literary lows, he proves he can dynamically reimagine his past into a page-turner, in his signature stream-of-consciousness style." - Booklist

"A long-anticipated return that many readers will decide wasn't worth the wait." - Kirkus

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James Frey Author Biography

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James Frey is originally from Cleveland. He is the author of A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning, and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, all international bestsellers. He has sold more than 20 million books and his work is published in forty-two languages.

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