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Random House (doesn't) offer refund on Frey's book

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 12th 2006 3:13PM
If you purchased a copy of James Frey's book A Million Little Pieces and were devastated to find out he made a lot of it up, torn asunder by the audacity of this so-called author, bolting upright in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and punching the walls screaming, "Why, Jimmy, why?" over and over again while angrily gnawing at your own feet because the pain is the only way you know how to cope with what he's done... then you've overreacted just a tad. Still, there was a small glimmer of hope. Reuters and others reported that Random House was offering refunds to anyone who purchased the book through them, but that rumor was put to rest with this statement on Random House's Web site. If you want to return your book, you'll have to take it back to the bookstore like everyone else.


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Artistic license aside, I can definitely see how some people would be angry at some of the things that have turned out to be false. From what I understand, some of the events that purportedly led this man to turn his life around and then write this tale of redemption/inspiration/crap/whatever - simply did not happen. It's one thing to fudge a few things in a memoir, it's another to say "I turned my life around because of x and y" when x never happened and only parts of y did.

Of course, if the mighty O hadn't gone out of her way to plug this as said tale of redemption/inspiration/cra/whatever, it wouldn't actually matter.

January 12 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't this in Oprah's book club?

He's angered the God!?!?

January 12 2006 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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