James Frey, 2006 News

best-selling author, acknowledged in January that he had fabricated and embellished parts of his 2003 memoir, A Million Little Pieces, a story of personal redemption that has sold about 3.5 million copies. His publisher, Doubleday, justified Frey's liberties, saying the memoir is a subjective genre. The controversy led to a discussion about the increasingly blurred line between fact and fiction and the public's acceptance of altered reality as truth. Oprah Winfrey chose the memoir as a selection in her book club and initially came to Frey's defense. She later withdrew her support for him, saying she “felt duped.”

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