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novel, fiction, autobio

Posted to WritersAndGenres

Funny you should say that. I posted a few things some time back on the writers/genres board about the difference between pure fiction and what I called "autobiographical novels" (thinking of Henry Miller or Kerouac, by example).

Most everyone who replied insisted that all fiction is grounded in autobiography, that all novelists (well, at least the vast majority) base their fiction upon personal experience. Sure, sometimes the narrative is completely invented (characters, story, etc) but the substance (most insisted) surely comes from direct life experience.

So, in a way, "Triple Take" is autobiographical, but fictionalized rather than in a straight recounting.

Either way, it sounds like a damn powerful book.