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With his 'A Million Little Pieces' currently being made into a film, James Frey has a new novel on the way. — Handout via AFPWith his 'A Million Little Pieces' currently being made into a film, James Frey has a new novel on the way. — Handout via AFPNEW YORK, Feb 9 — A new novel from the author of controversial pseudo-memoir A Million Little Pieces is set for release in September on both sides of the Atlantic, having already been optioned for film.

Author James Frey caused a highly publicised scandal with the 2003 publication of A Million Little Pieces, which was sold as a memoir of addiction but later found to contain elements of fiction. The book gained considerable fame when it was chosen as an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2005, just months before it was discovered that the book contained fabrications.

Since then Frey has authored several more books, including 2008’s Bright Little Morning, and he is behind the young-adult novel I Am Number Four, which was penned under the collective pseudonym Pittacus Lore and was made into a feature film.

The author’s upcoming novel Katerina is described as a “sweeping love story” set in 1992 Paris and 2017 Los Angeles.

The story centres on Jay, who moves to Paris at 21 to live the artist’s life, and there falls in love for the first time. Twenty-five years later, as a middle-aged family man in California, he receives an anonymous message that “draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.”

Last October, it was announced that a film adaptation of A Million Little Pieces was in the works from director Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Last month, Deadline reported that Katerina was likewise acquired in a film rights deal ahead of its publication, by the same production company that is about to start production on A Million Little Pieces.

Katerina is scheduled to be published internationally on September 11. — AFP-Relaxnews