"In this terrifying, haunting, and controversial memoir, award-winning journalist Meredith Maran delves into the fascinating subject of the recovered memory movement.... Maran's not just shockingly honest, she's also funny. Her refusal to whitewash her own behavior, her fierce ability to expose all sides of the issue (she doesn't deny that horrific abuse does occur and should be punished), and her compassion for the abused as well as those still falsely imprisoned as abusers opens up a dialogue about memory, belief, and past- and present-day culture that is as riveting as it is important." (Boston Globe, September 21, 2010)
"Maran's story is so tension-filled that I want to keep some of the twists out of this review, allowing readers of this remarkable book to discover them apart from me." (San Francisco Chronicle, September 19, 2010)
Only a writer as fierce and incisive as Meredith Maran could have written a book as intimate, dark, bracing and revelatory as My Lie.
—MICHAEL CHABON, author of Manhood for Amateurs; and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Meredith Maran is a wonderful journalist and storyteller, profoundly honest, direct, witty, savvy and compassionate.
—ANNE LAMOTT, author of Grace (Eventually) and Bird By Bird
My Lie is the brave and riveting "inside story" of the most devastating mental health controversy of the century. I couldn't put it down.
—ELIZABETH F. LOFTUS, PHD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory
To admit sin is hard. To own a grave sin committed against a loved one is more difficult still. To be able to write about it with honesty and grace is extraordinary. My Lie by Meredith Maran tells a story no reader will—or should—forget.
—KATHRYN HARRISON, author of The Kiss and The Mother Knot
Meredith Maran is fearless, and My Lie is a shockingly honest, stunningly nuanced book. Every parent, and everyone who has a parent, should read this searing father-daughter story.
—AYELET WALDMAN, author of Bad Mother and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
"This marvelous, searing book held me in its thrall from the moment I read the Prologue, and never let go. Meredith Maran has written a page-turner of a memoir, at once brave and heartbreaking. Who among us hasn't questioned her own memory? In navigating her family history, Maran becomes a detective, and MY LIE reads like a mystery all the more suspenseful because the writer has taken great care to tell the truth."
—DANI SHAPIRO, author of Devotion: A Memoir
People need to be aware of what is going on in the world of psychiatry. This book is raw with emotion and feelings of regret. Read morePublished 21 days ago by E. Ervin
Pitifully biased! Never acknowledges the millions of actual valid abuse cases. Repression DOES happen. It happened to me! Waste of money.Published 6 months ago by sandra wilson
Meredith's book was an interesting read...throughout the book she shifts responsibilities for her lies to others - mostly notably therapists and writers of self-help books. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Anonymous
Meredith Maran's retraction and her exposure of a tragic national dilemma that lives on today gets five stars. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Patricia
I have been researching false memory syndrome, and along with professionally written books of science, like the books of Elizabeth Loftus, I have been taking in a few personal... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Douglas
Book was like a bad, sad soap opera. Nice she took her false accusation back but even with that she seemed just a mess, lost, and full if drama, drama, drama.Published on August 5, 2012 by Happy Hiker
As a family recently affected (2009) by false allegations that are a product of recovered(false)memory, I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Michelle
My Lie is a jumbled collection of vignettes that came from her research on incest and molestation and eventually caused her to "go native. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Robert F. Hynes
This is a very sensitive book on a very sensitive topic: that most recovered memories are not true. But the author approaches it with an empathy and self-awareness that I did not... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Ryan C. Holiday