Fake Memoirist Frey Implies Dirt on Oprah

Excerpt from new book seems to be based on Frey's experience
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 9:52 AM CDT
Author James Frey listens during an interview before a 2008 book signing in New York.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Does James Frey—who achieved infamy when Oprah Winfrey denounced his fake addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces—have dirt on the talk-show queen? That’s what he seems to imply in new novel Bright Shiny Morning, the New York Post reports. The paperback edition, out May 12, includes an omitted passage in which a disgraced character discovers (and tapes) a secret about a talk-show host.

“Someday he might discuss it. Someday he might tell his side of it. Someday he might play the tapes. Someday,” is one excerpt. As to its basis—or not—in truth, Frey said, “The book is fiction. Interpret it however you want.”