James Frey, author of the now controversial “A Million Little Pieces,” received harsh criticism and judgment after an expose of his non-fiction memoir revealed many false accounts portrayed in his book.

“A Million Little Pieces” was marketed as an autobiographical account of one man's struggle with drug abuse and crime. A quote printed on the book's back cover reads, "A heartbreaking memoir defined by its youthful tone and poetic honesty."

The Smoking Gun recently led an investigation into Frey's work and unveiled false statements and embellished accounts written by Frey about his troubled life. But once the day-time talk show diva, Oprah, voiced her anger publicly, a storm of criticism poured out. Oprah adopted the "memoir" into her well known book club and publicly praised Frey on his work,then confronted him on a recent show and said, "I felt so duped."

One of many alleged fabrications stems from Frey's descriptive accounts of his jail terms, primarily a three month stint he describes in Ohio. Records show the only time Frey actually spent behind bars was a few hours he waited for a friend to come up with $700 to bail him out.

Originally Frey attempted to sell his book as fiction but another story of an addiction-led life of crime proved to be unwanted. After being rejected by a reported 17 publishers, Frey changed his angle, called it non-fiction, found a publisher and sold almost two million copies of the book as a memoir.

Many fictional no-name authors have suffered through the grueling process of selling their first manuscript to a publisher. As in many industries, getting one's foot in the door is half of the battle, but few choose to deceive their readers into believing the work is something that it is not.

Frey's dishonesty pulled readers in with the heartbreaking recollection of his life. As Oprah demonstrated, many of his readers took the fabrication personally and rightfully so.

Frey should accept the name he has made for himself and not question the storm of criticism his "memoir" created. After all, he should feel relieved nearly two million copies sold before he was "outed.”

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