Get down on Frey day

The award finally came:

Years after gaining notoriety for embellishing parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, the US author James Frey has a new notch in his bedpost: the 2018 bad sex in fiction award.

Seeing off competition from an all-male shortlist that included Haruki Murakami and the Man Booker prize-nominated Gerard Woodward, Frey won for his novel Katerina, a “fictional retelling” of a love affair the author started while on a hedonistic trip to France in the 1990s. The story follows Jay, a young American would-be writer, as he drinks and bonks his way around Paris, particularly with a Norwegian model named Katerina.

The award’s judges at the Literary Review said they had been swayed by several sex scenes in the novel, which include encounters in a car park and in the back of a taxi, but were especially convinced by an extended scene in a Paris bathroom between Jay and Katerina that features eight references to ejaculate.

You can read it at the link. I don’t think I want that stuff dripping all over the server.

Frey, who shot to fame with his 2004 memoir about his drug addiction, A Million Little Pieces, and later became even more famous when the book was proved to contain embellishments, has been nominated for the bad sex award before, in 2011 for his novel The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.

Heh. “Shot” to fame.


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 December 2018 · 7:21 am

    Sometimes I feel bad I don’t have more Major Awards to my name. But then I read a story like this and think, “There are worse things than laboring in obscurity.”

    (I’m not sure I KNOW eight different ways to refer to…)

  2. hollyh »

    7 December 2018 · 8:34 am

    …and yet, not ONE to describe the act of removing orange pith.

  3. McGehee »

    7 December 2018 · 10:12 am

    I think one needs to hang around with seventh-grade boys to learn all the myriad ways.

    On the bright side, the dozens of ways to refer to a #2 can be learned by attending a Larry the Cable Guy show.

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    7 December 2018 · 1:27 pm

    I wonder if it’s as hard to write sex scenes that bad as it is to write a good one. Because writing a good one — one that evokes desire and accurately depicts the emotions of the participants — is really bloody tough.

  5. nightfly »

    7 December 2018 · 3:20 pm

    Frey can now claim, without embellishment, to have won an award also given to the late, great Tom Wolfe (in 2004 for a passage from I Am Charlotte Simmons). So… yay?

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