False narratives: Inconsistencies in books hurt reputation of authors

Published: Sep 6, 2016 07:01:14 AM IST
Updated: Aug 31, 2016 05:48:40 PM IST

When a book’s ostensible facts are shown to be false, it can damage an author’s reputation—and sales. Gay Talese has surely hoped he’ll slip the noose ever since reports surfaced that his book, The Voyeur’s Motel, is marred by inconsistencies. Bad news for publisher Grove Atlantic and for DreamWorks, which reportedly spent $1 million on film rights. This isn’t the Talese family’s first brush with scandal: Gay’s wife, Nan, was the publisher of A Million Little Pieces, James Frey’s 2003 “memoir” of drug abuse.

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