Disgraced memoirist James Frey is now out with a new novel. Readers will remember that Frey created a scandal when it was discovered that he had made up portions of his best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces.
I haven’t read that book but I know that the furor against him was largely driven by envy. He became a famous, wealthy, and best-selling author. And there is no greater sin among the literary rank-and-file than that. Anyone who has read or written a memoir knows that they are filled with fiction. To believe every word is the literal truth is silly. That said, I don’t know enough about that book or the scandal, and it is possible that the whole “memoir” was created from scratch – in which case…booooo!
At any rate, Janet Maslin has given the new novel a good (if not quite clear) review in today’s New York Times. I understand that Frey’s publisher is putting on a full court public relations press for this one.