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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.
  • Gallery/Scout Press | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781982101442 | 
  • September 2018
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Reading Group Guide

This readers group guide for Katerina includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your readers group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book


In 1992, a young writer named Jay arrives in Paris, ready to live the bohemian dream. Against a scene filled with bars, drugs, and sex, he meets a young model on the verge of fame. Both are reckless, impulsive, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, Jay is rich, famous, and numb, reflecting on the exciting life he once had, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Percussive, propulsive, and powerful, Katerina is a love story oscillating between memory and reality that will give readers much to discuss.

Topics and Questions for Discussion

1. For decades—centuries, even—Paris has been a city that represents creativity and the bohemian dream. How does that idea link up with Jay’s experience? How is it different?

2. Jay’s life in 2017 is very different than the life he leads in 1992. How might someone’s expectations of later life differ from the reality? Have you ever had something turn out differently than you expected?

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About the Author

James Frey
Photograph by Matt Jordan

James Frey

James Frey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is the bestselling author of A Million Little PiecesMy Friend LeonardBright Shiny Morning, and The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. He is married and lives in Connecticut. He has sold more than twenty million books and his work is published in forty-two languages.