Coming off the Q train at Union Square this morning, The Media Mob spotted a woman on the stairs carrying a paperback copy of James Frey’s forthcoming novel Bright Shiny Morning. The book– Mr. Frey’s first unequivocally fictional work and his first attempt to restore his reputation since his memoirs were revealed in late 2005 to be largely embellished– won’t be out until May.
The manuscript has been under lock and key since the book was announced, so we were pretty shocked when we saw it right there in front of us. How did this lady have a copy? Turns out– sorry, this punchline really doesn’t pack that much of a punch– she works at Janklow & Nesbit, the literary agency that is representing Mr. Frey. Eric Simonoff, Mr. Frey’s agent, did not immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment. We’ll update if he writes back and says review galleys have become available.