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Book Review: My Lie - A True Story of False Memory
By John D. Lueck
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My Lie: A True Story of False MemoryBy Meredith Maran
Reviewed by John D. Lueck
Meredith Maran speaks to us as a friend and confidant in this memoir, seeking redemption and forgiveness for her “lie” and the pain it caused her family.
She tells the “true story” of her own false memory of molestation by her father during her childhood. This “memory” first came to her in her mid-30s, but she recants it two decades later. Maran explains how financial and social incentives allowed her to create false memories, due to her immersion in the close knit, feminist culture of writers and therapists dealing with child abuse issues, both real and imagined. She argues she was carried away by the hysteria of the time.
Maran traces her life history to an early relationship with her father that was apparently extremely close. She remembers being treated as special by her father prior to sexual maturity. The relationship, she recalls, was closer than the relationship between
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