Novel: My Friend Leonard and A. Pp Essay

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Christine Au

Ms. Beaman

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February 5th, 2015

Novel Study
1.
Title: A Million Little Pieces
Author: James Frey
Copyright: 2003

2.
Biography of author:
James Frey was born September 12, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio. Frey was working as a
screenwriter when he took a year off to work on his book, A Million Little Pieces, published in
2003. In 2005,
A Million Little Pieces
was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.

3.
Part one
a.
A Million Little Pieces
, pp. 1­40

b. In the beginning of the book, it starts off with James on a plane but he has no idea where he is
going. He is bloody and his teeth are broken, but has no idea what caused his injuries.
James
eventually finds out that the plane is bound for Chicago and that a doctor and two unidentified
men brought him on board. James lands to find his parents, who have come all the way from
Tokyo to pick him up, waiting for him. James’s condition shocks and saddens them, and they
immediately drive him to the family cabin. They next day, they check him into a rehabilitation
facility in Minnesota. Almost immediately after arrival, another patient pulls James to the floor
when James refuses to give up his seat in the lounge. Things improve somewhat when James
meets a young woman named Lilly at the dispensary and a friendly, middle­aged career criminal
named Leonard at a meal. Both become his friends.

c. In the scene where it started off with James waking up and having no idea where he was, was
super shocking. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I were to wake up in the middle of no
where, not knowing where I’m going.


d.
“He manages to get back to his room, where an
orderly

serves him breakfast.
” (15) def:
hospital attendant that does routine or heavy work,
POS: ADVERB
“Blood and
bile
and chunks of my stomach come pouring from my mouth and my nose.” (53)
def: yellow or greenish viscid alkaline fluid,
POS: N

“Go to the
Dispensary
and they'll give them to you, or if you forget, a Nurse will come find
you.
” def: a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed,
POS: N

“My skin is
sallow
and white.” (34)
def: of a grayish greenish yellow color,
POS: ADJ

“I know this is a
podunk
Town, but these people know what they're doing, Kid.”
def: small,
unimportant, and isolated town,
POS: ADJ

Part two

a. pp. 40­100
b. James’s parents arrive at the clinic for the Family Program, despite his objections. Though
seeing them is upsetting, James decides to participate. During a critical session, James finds out
that he had an ear infection throughout his early childhood that made him scream and cry, which
his parents left untreated. Also, he finds out that his grandfather had a drinking problem. James’s
parents feel that maybe his grandfather’s addiction and the untreated ear infection had something
to do with James’s addictions, but he refuses to accept this theory. As is his way in most areas of
his life, James wants to go it alone and do things deeply and completely—this includes taking all
responsibility for his condition. His addiction, he believes, is no illness. It is a weakness. It can
only be overcome by taking full ownership. Once he comes to this conclusion, things begin to
change for James.
c.

d. “That craving is sometimes

manifested
in dreams that can seem startlingly real and, in a sense,
are real.” (78)
def: to make evident or certain by showing or displaying,
POS: V


“She talks about how the connection can drive both activities to dangerous and
deviant
places.”
(51) def: deviating especially from an accepted norm,
POS: N

The man starts
leering
at me
def: to cast a sidelong glance,
POS: V

“..Physical places and
figurative
places.” (79)
def: representing by a figure or resemblance,
POS:
ADJ
“As I walk past her she is careful not to touch me and I am brought back from the happy…