Joining a long line of controversial writers and artists, James Frey will self-publish The Final Testament of the Holy Bible on Good Friday (April 22)–a “radical book” about a gritty Messiah.
The book will add a new Testament to the Bible, telling the story of a Messiah born in the Bronx. In an unusual partnership, art gallery owner Larry Gagosian will print 11,000 copies of the book and Frey (pictured, via) will sell the book online as well. Frey has made headlines all year with his fiction factory and the YA novel he co-wrote, I Am Number Four.
Here’s more from the New York Post: “His Messiah, Ben Jones, starts off as a lonely alcoholic bachelor living in a filthy apartment. He survives a horrific work accident, but strange things then happen that lead to him being recognized as the Messiah. Ben also smokes pot, has sex with a prostitute and makes out with men.” (Via Publishers Lunch)