When Did Fiction Become A Dirty Word?
The revelations of Ms. Seltzer’s mendacity came in the wake of the news last week that a Holocaust memoir, “Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years” by Misha Defonseca, was a fake, and perhaps more notoriously, two years ago James Frey, the author of a best-selling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,” admitted that he had made up or exaggerated details in his account of his drug addiction and recovery. […]
“Love and Consequences” immediately hit a note with many reviewers. Writing in The Times, Michiko Kakutani praised the “humane and deeply affecting memoir,” but noted that some of the scenes “can feel self-consciously novelistic at times.” In Entertainment Weekly, Vanessa Juarez wrote that “readers may wonder if Jones embellishes the dialogue” but went on to extol the “powerful story of resilience and unconditional love.”
It was Seltzer’s own older sister who ratted her out. That story in itself resonates with me because once upon a time when I desired a top-secret position in the military my sister would not allow the fact that I never did drugs in my life rest. She insisted I did drugs and went out of way to contradict my claim of being drug free before I even signed the background search consent. The same could have easily happened to a character and I could relate, I do not have to know that it actually happened to someone else in order to connect with it.