Two books coming out at the same time, from two different authors, on oppposite sides of the world, with an almost identical plot! You couldn’t make this shit up.
Remember James Frey?
Some people spend their whole lives being dogged by controversy. They can’t help it. It just is. He is one such person.
He was the guy who brought out a book a few years ago about his life as an alcoholic, that Oprah praised to kingdom come, making it a major worldwide bestseller (over 5 million copies), before she found out that it wasn’t really as much a true-story memoir, as a big piece of liar, liar, pants on fire, fiction. Loosely (and I mean loosely) based on the sort of, kind of, not really, true story of James Frey’s life.
Again according to the Guardian Piece, Frey’s new book is the story of the return of the Messiah in contemporary New York City, in the form of Ben Zion Avrohom, an alcoholic bisexual who impregnates a prostitute.
Fortunately he’s not trying to convince anyone that this book is based on his true-life story.
But here’s the thing, it seems Frey is unable to avoid controversy.
How’s this for a coincidence…
At the very same time that Frey launches his new work, a British author named John Niven is launching his new book, called ‘The Second Coming’.
Which is the story (wait for it) of the return of the Messiah to contemporary New York City, as a struggling musician, who smokes dope and gets laid.
Seriously, like I said, you couldn’t make this shit up if you tried!
Alright, I’m off to write a book quickly, it’s going to be called ‘The Final Testament of the Second Coming’, and it’s going to be the story of the return of the Messiah to contemporary New York City, as a midget Elvis impersonator, who cross-dresses and juggles chain saws.
Do you think it will sell?
If you’d like to read further reviews of both books, you’ll find them here on The Book Lounge’s website.