A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Million Little Pieces – From the beginning of book to James’s first meeting with Ken

Summary The book opens with the narrator, James Frey, waking up on an airplane. He is bleeding, missing four teeth, and has a broken nose. He doesn’t know how he got these injuries or where he is going. When he asks, a stewardess informs him that he is flying to Chicago, and that two men …

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A Million Little Pieces – From being exposed to AA to walking out of the clinic

Summary James wakes up, throws up three times, and goes to the lounge where he reads The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. He is convinced that believing in AA is just exchanging one addiction for another. He cleans the toilets thoroughly and vomits twice more. He feels no sense of accomplishment and vows not to …

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A Million Little Pieces – From James’s encounter with Leonard to the Bald Man’s story

Summary James is having a hard time sleeping after his decision, so he spends some time outside thinking about the girl in his past that he’s referred to several times before, the girl he loved. He recounts the first time he was ever in her room. By sunrise, he’s convinced that he’s permanently destroyed what …

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A Million Little Pieces – From James’s first day in the unit to his second dental appointment

Summary James wakes up in the dark in his new room. In the bathroom, he makes an attempt to look himself in the eyes, but fails. He bumps into Roy, who tells him that his job is to clean the group toilets. After cleaning the toilets, James goes back to his room and vomits. James …

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A Million Little Pieces – From the introduction of Matty to the first secret meeting with Lilly

Summary There is a new man at breakfast, and James recognizes him. He is Matty Jackson, former Featherweight Champion of the World, and he is at the clinic because he is a crack addict. James, Leonard, Matty, Ed, and Ted sit together during breakfast and at a clinic lecture. After the lecture James goes to …

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A Million Little Pieces – From James finding out his parents are coming to visit to his second secret meeting with Lilly

Summary James has dreams in which he’s abusing drugs and alcohol. He revisits some of the places he’s been while on drugs. He wakes each time struggling to remember the good in his life and reminds himself that he has more than he needs. In the shower, he observes that he’s becoming more of a …

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A Million Little Pieces – From James’s first days in the Family Program to Lilly’s confession about her abusive past

Summary James wakes up in front of the TV. He walks back to his room. Miles is reading the Bible. Miles thanks him for allowing him time to himself the previous night. James offers to help however he can. The job board says that James is in the Family Program. He goes to breakfast and …

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A Million Little Pieces – From Lilly telling James about her sick grandmother to James leaving the clinic to save her

Summary An angry Lilly comes to James’s room in the middle of the night. She is convinced that James has been speaking to someone who said horrible things about her and that hearing those things has frightened him away. She says that if it turned out that he didn’t want her anymore, she would panhandle …

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A Million Little Pieces – From James’s return to the clinic to writing his inventory

Summary James has terrible dreams after returning to the clinic and seeing Lilly taken back into the detox unit. He goes to see Lincoln, who tells him that James’s behavior while retrieving Lilly is something he has never seen before. He also says that Lilly is doing okay but that her grandmother will need to …

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