With the popularity of reality TV, everyone’s angling for a piece of the action. In
book publishing, real life stories are in, which makes literary fiction
uninteresting, unfashionable and financially unviable. In fact, it is more difficult than ever for a hard-working novelist to get noticed by agents and publishers.
Once upon a time there was a little girl whose parents were killed by the Nazis in World War II. Abandoned, the girl takes to the woods, wandering the forests of Europe for four years. Along the way she was adopted by a pack of wolves who help protect from the Nazis. Does it sound a little fantastic? Well, it is. Author Misha Defonseca admitted that her Holocaust memoir is a hoax. Oh yes, she's not Jewish either. Of course all of this is after earning millions of dollars, having the book translated into eighteen languages and selling the film rights to it.
I spent the weekend plowing my way through a memoir titled Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer. As I read the Author's Note I was struck by the following passage, "In writing a memoir such as this, the truth becomes liquid. The true volume of all that brought me to France and all that happened at this bookstore would require a far greater capacity than these pages allow.
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