No, Here’s What Happened is not the name of a new book. I posted a review last night of Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox and within minutes received an email from a The Whole Megillah reader informing me of the “flack this book is getting for the lies created throughout. There are plenty of online sites that are also reporting the far too many numerous mistruths in this book to call it a memoir. It might make a five star read, but let’s call it what it is: fiction.”
When I review a book, I intentionally do not look at other reviews. I was unaware of the controversy.
I then received comments from women, who are not among the followers of The Whole Megillah, who know Deborah’s family. I would term these comments hate mail. The comments called me names I don’t want to repeat. Frankly, these comments left me stunned.
I’m not a big fan of hate mail, especially when it’s directed at me personally. I don’t believe there was cause to lash out at me, resorting to name-calling and accusations. I chose not to publish the comments, which is my right as moderator, and I took down the post.
This review had been the blog’s first foray into adult literary. Is this what I should expect going forward? And, what trust should be placed in memoir as written?