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My Lie: A True Story of False Memory Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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"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
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I believe that the confusion around repressed memories is still alive and well, and that there is little support for people who speak up around this issue. I cannot thank Meredith Maran enough for her honesty and courage.
I also highly recommend Mark Pendergrast's "Victims of Memory," which should also be required reading for therapists in training.
It was also a frightening, sad tale. I felt sorry for virtually every person in this book. I also respected the honesty that Ms Maran brought to this project. I don't know many people who can admit that they perpetrated a great injustice. Ms Maran aims a laser at herself, and is unsparing in her analysis.
What I found most interesting is the cultural aspects of the recovered memory movement. At one point, the reader concludes that Ms. Maran began to think she had been molested in order to participate in the solidarity of other victims, including her lover. It was a strange turn of the story, one that was hard for me to understand, but it was believable and honestly related.
I wish Ms Maran the best, and although I was at some times horrified at her behavior, I can certainly respect her honesty, and her attempts to make up for her mistakes. I thoroughly recommend this book.
This is an important read for ALL people. Mothers and Fathers, Uncles and Aunts, Sons and Daughters, the Accused and the Accusers.
But here for the grace of god go all of us!