Riverhead is saddened by this turn of events. We feel bad for our readers, Peggy and her family.
Riverhead relies on authors to tell us the truth. Indeed, an author promises us the truth in their publishing agreement. When it became known that the author was misrepresenting her personal story we took it seriously, moved very quickly and attempted to corroborate new information we were presented with.
Prior to publication the author provided a great deal of evidence to support her story: photographs, letters; parts of Peggy's life story in another published book; Peggy's story had been supported by one of her former professors; Peggy even introduced the agent to people who misrepresented themselves as her foster siblings.
Riverhead is recalling the book as well as cancelling the author's bookstore and media appearances.
Marilyn Ducksworth, SVP, Executive Director of Publicity, Riverhead Books