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    • ISBN:9780719561177
    • Publication date:13 Mar 2006

My Friend Leonard

By James Frey

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Written in the hallmark visceral style of A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard is a mesmerising insight into a friendship built in an astonishing underworld.

While in rehab, James Frey finds a father figure in a shady mafia boss called Leonard. When Leonard returns to his dubious, prosperous life in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas, he promises James his support on the outside.

Tragedy strikes the day James is released and his world seems set to implode. Unsure where to turn, he calls Leonard. Paradoxically, it is in Leonard's lawless underworld that James discovers the courage and humanity needed to rebuild his life.

Biographical Notes

James Frey is originally from Ohio. His books A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible have all been bestsellers around the world. He is married and lives in New York.

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