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A Great Writer Reveals The Truth

February 17th, 2006 by Laura Moncur in Literature

There has been a lot of talk about Jim Frey’s book, “A Million Little Pieces”. After presenting the book as nonfiction and being received with great accolades, everyone has been shocked to learn that it has been greatly embellished.

This isn’t the first time this has happened, as noted by Tom Bissell in his 2004 lecture, “Truth in Oxiana”.

There are two sides to the issue and people are talking about truth like it’s a concrete item instead of a concept. I don’t know if a writer CAN write the whole truth about anything because our perception of the world will always be tainted by our view of it. My stories about my grandma would be completely different than my sister’s stories about her and even more different than our father’s. Bissell seems to believe the same.

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