I'm burned out talking about Love and Consequences, so this will be my last post on the matter unless additional news breaks.
First, has anyone noticed how inconsistent the newspaper coverage has been? You would think that on an issue like this they would make sure they fact-checked themselves, but I've caught quite a few misstatements and misrepresentations in their articles about the publishing industry.
Next, I have to admit that there is a good chance that Jones would have hoodwinked me as well. I've met the agent in question a few times, but I know her more by reputation, and she is by all accounts considered a very good and ethical agent. This is actually not an easy thing - I'm sure you could find a few people who would have a bad word or two to say about me.
Anyway, if one of my clients referred a writer to me, and that writer sent me their project and provided letters and photographs to support their story, and then introduced me to actual people who claimed to be the writer's foster siblings, I could imagine myself believing the story and not digging further.
Finally, a number of people have asked about the whole fiction v. memoir angle. Rachel Donadio addresses this rather well here, even if her article title was taken from me (j/k).