“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain
Autobiography, Memoir or Fictional Memoir?
An autobiography tells the story of a life, a memoir tells a story from a life with touchstone events and turning points. Relying on memory, well, you know how that goes.
We remember what we want to or how we want to. There is the saying that there are three sides to every story: mine, yours and the truth. Memory is often a liar.
Is there such a genre as Fictional Memoir? I think so. Here’s a list of famous fictional memoirs according to goodreads.
So why is there a picture of a trapeze artist attached to this post? She is Erma Ward and she could fly.
My grandmother was in the circus = Fact
She had TEX tattooed on her arm = Fact
She saw Erma Ward fly = Fiction
“ I will make it okay. Everything is possible, see—look at Erma, she just lets go. You have to believe.” – From The Last Daughter of Elizabeth Light