Publishing industry discovers another fabulist

News that Margaret Jones' newly released memoir Love and Consequences is actually a work of fiction has not yet sparked the firestorm of controversy that followed James Frey after he admitted parts of his memoir were fabricated.

News that Margaret Jones' newly released memoir Love and Consequences is actually a work of fiction has not yet sparked the firestorm of controversy that followed James Frey after he admitted parts of his memoir were fabricated.

Perhaps it is because this hoax was overshadowed by yesterday's primaries and Frey's bestseller A Million Pieces had already amassed an ardent following (including Oprah Winfrey) when the scandal broke.

Yet the lies told in Jones' memoir are not mere embellishments, they are utterly made up. Jones published the memoir as a mixed race young woman who was raised in a family mired by gang violence. In reality, Margaret Jones is Margaret Seltzer, a 33-year-old white woman and creative writing student who grew up in Sherman Oaks and attended Campbell Hall, an exclusive private Episcopal school in the Valley, reports the LA Times. Meanwhile, according to USA Today, Seltzer's bookstore and media appearances have been canceled, and the 19,000 copies of her book that were shipped to retail outlets were recalled.

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