Another memoir outed as fake

by Nikki Tranter

4 March 2008

 

It’s enough to steer you away from B&N’s memoir section for good.

Yet another acclaimed memoir has been outed as a fake. Margaret Jones’s (real name Margaret Seltzer) Love and Consequences, detailing a youth spent drug running for the Bloods in South Central is actually nothing but a fairytale, concocted by a private school graduate from Sherman Oaks.

From the Los AngelesTimes:

In a brief telephone interview, Seltzer’s mother said her daughter was very upset and contrite about the fabrication, but had been advised by her editor not to speak further about it for the moment.

“I think she got caught up in the facts of the story she was trying to write,” Gay Seltzer said. “She’s always been an activist and she tried to draw on the immediacy of the situation and became caught up in the persona of the narrator. She’s very sorry and very upset.”

Entertainment Weekly quotes the author:

For whatever reason, I was really torn and I thought it was my opportunity to put a voice to people who people don’t listen to ... Maybe it’s an ego thing—I don’t know. I just felt that there was good that I could do and there was no other way that someone would listen to it.’

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