In times like this, everyone becomes a literary critic:
All autobiographies contain little lies, but Norma Khouri's may be one of the many that are one big lie. Khouri's best-seller Forbidden Love ... had the usual formula for success in a world starving for fashionable victims. It goes like this: trade as a woman, if possible, who is from some tribe or oppressed minority, and has survived the cruelty of whites /colonialists /right-wing thugs /rich guys. And if you aren't any of all of the above, then fake it. (Bolt)
A literary hoax is a definitive event; it brings to light the social, political and ethical investments of narrators, readers and publishers in life narrative. A hoax brings autobiography out ofthe shadows and into the editorials, columns and opinion pieces of the Sunday tabloid:
... write a book that tells of your woe, or trades on it. Garnish with New Age mysticism . . . and showtime! Teary readers! Big sales! Forbidden Love tells how Khouri and her friend Dalia opened a unisex salon in Jordan in 1990. But Dalia, a Muslim, fell in love with a Christian, so shaming her father that he slit her throat.