A Million Little Pieces is the pseudo-fictional story of its author, James Frey, and his time in a rehabilitation clinic. Written in a unique stream-of-consciousness style and with dialogue un-delineated from the protagonist's thoughts, the novel is a tangle of fact and fiction. It deals with the terror and reality-warping nature of addiction and with the protagonist's struggle to erect firm boundaries between his illness and his sober waking life.
Where does someone like you come from?
I've lived a lot of places.
Why do you care?
I don't want to make friends here.
I don't like good-byes.
You gotta say them though.
No, you don't.
Maybe not my ass. How about walking back in and being a fucking man? How about walking back in and putting up a fucking fight? How about walking back in and doing what's decent and right and honorable and showing a little pride, just a little bit of fucking pride?