When Does Nonfiction Become Fiction, and Why Does It Matter?

If I’m making up the framework, does that fictionalize the facts?

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For years I’ve referred to my current book-in-progress as a “family memoir.” It’s about my father’s deathbed request for a missing box — and the secrets unearthed in my quest to find and interpret that box. The story is true, but I’ve also made up…



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Aimee Liu

Author, Asian-American novels (Glorious Boy), nonfiction on eating disorders (Gaining), writing, wellness. Published @Hachette. MFA & more@ aimeeliu.net