Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Now Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin USA, is recalling all copies of Love and Consequences, by "Margaret B. Jones," who, as it turns out, is not part Native American and a former gang member, but a privileged young Caucasian woman who grew up in Sherman Oaks and who did not live the life she wrote about in the book. The entire work is fiction, although "Ms Jones" (in reality Margaret Seltzer) says she based much of the story on "the experiences of close friends she had met over the years while working to reduce gang violence in Los Angeles." Some reviewers apparently detected a hint of novelization in the text, although they still accepted it as the memoir it purported to be. Here's more in a story from CNN. Shades of James Frey.