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Michael Merschel: Michael Merschel edits books coverage for The Dallas Morning News.
Maybe it depends on the coast.
At The New York Times, Janet Maslin raved (while mimicking his style:)
"He got a second act. He got another chance. Look what he did with it. He stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park. No more lying, no more melodrama, still run-on sentences still funny punctuation but so what. He became a furiously good storyteller this time."
At the Los Angeles Times, David L. Ulin ripped it:
" Bright Shiny Morning is a terrible book. One of the worst I've ever read. But you have to give James Frey credit for one thing: He's got chutzpah. "
"Ultimately, though, it is still what's on the page that matters, and Bright Shiny Morning is an execrable novel, a literary train wreck without even the good grace to be entertaining."
Clearly, the only answer is: America needs more book reviewers, and editors, to help us sort things out.
Can I get a witness?
(AP Photo/Terry Richardson,HarperCollins)
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