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Whoa.

From the New York Times (“Book Deal for Writer Who Fabricated Parts of Memoir,” by Motoko Rich):

James Frey, the author who admitted making up portions of his best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," has signed a new book deal for his novel "Bright Shiny Morning," with HarperCollins. The dollar figure was not disclosed.

So this, then, would be his third novel. High-O! (Read our credulous reviews of the first two.)

HarperCollins publisher Jonathan Burnham, who negotiated the deal, said that  "What matters is this is a very, very good work of fiction, and it very much stands up on its own."

We’ll see. To be fair, few people criticized Frey’s previous novels by saying they weren’t interesting. Most of them objected to the fact that the novels were said to be memoirs. So maybe he’ll be a great novelist.

Rich, however, finds that old habits die hard:

Reached by telephone before the announcement, Mr. Frey denied rumors that he had sold a short story collection, saying, "I have never written a short story in my life."

But Mr. Frey published a short story last fall in a catalog for an exhibition by Malerie Marder, a Los Angeles-based artist.

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1. pete_anderson@comcast.net' Pete says:

    Maybe that short story was actually a memoir, in which case his statement would be accurate. Poor guy has a lot of trouble distinguishing between the two, remember. Though his money-counting skills remain razor-sharp.

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