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Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict, "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction, and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate.
James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative, if illegal and slightly dangerous, employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly", pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James' careers flourish, but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways.
My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges, displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity, without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.
©2005 James Frey (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Kathleen on 11-04-05

Great book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the characters. It is well written and as compelling as any of the fiction I usually read. I saw a totally different side to those we usually look down on or fear. Leonard was actually endearing and had a very big heart. Will listen to this one again, watching for more from Mr. Frey.

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By Vermont on 05-23-08

A 4.5. Freaking Perfect!

Amazing. Leonard is a wonderfully created character and James-I feel like I KNOW that guy. His energy and humor are also amazing. The entire story from Snapper, to Lilly, to Brook and back to Lilly is truly interesting, unique and very, very captivating.

Every detail down to Bella and the description of the room in Vegas makes the listener feel like they are with Leonard and "his son" on their many journeys. A terrific book!

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By JOhn on 11-16-17

Not as good as the first book, but not a disappointment

Adjusting to ‘normal life’ isn’t quite as interesting as the immediate withdrawal from crack and alcohol addiction, but this sequel to ‘A million little pieces’ is still an good book. Frey has a knack for making the mundane sound interesting. His unique writing style - to use short, often one-word sentences and lots of repetition - is better suited to the delirium of the first book rather than the more boring experiences of getting a new job and a new life, but it still works. The narration is excellent.

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By Ronstar on 03-22-17


loved it
much better narration than a million little pieces. great story - heartbreaking and fantastic.

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By Anonymous User on 08-21-17

My favourite book

Heart-wrenching and emotional, leaving you with a love for the characters and feeling completely connected through the style and delivery of James Frey's story.
A good performance by Andy Paris.
Time to go wipe the tears from my eyes. 10/10

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