The April edition of Writers’ Digest (and thanks, Christina, for the gift subscription!) tells in their “Book Buzz” section about a novel that’s presented as fiction, but is really more memoir.
Their comments include this sentence:
"Who could blame a writer for opting to write her memoir in a roman a clef style—taking the essence of the story, dressing up the details and changing the names just enough to call it a novel?”
It’s also described as “a stunning success,” as would any debut novel that was named one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 best books of the year.
Well, gee. Guess what MY debut novel is! Ooooo, right! It’s a memoir dressed up a bit and presented as fiction!
Any chance I can climb on that bandwagon and ride?
On the off chance that lightning might strike twice, I found out who the author’s (Curtis Sittenfeld) agent is and just queried her, making a point of the Writer’s Digest article and the (I hope) similarities. Oh, by the way, Ms. Sittenfeld’s novel is titled simply Prep.
I can see lightning in the distance tonight, off to the west of here. You never know.