Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel

This is a fun little memoir. I had picked up as my non-violent true crime for Read Harder and loved it. I listened to the audiobook on Scribd, which is only about two hours and read by Jane Curtin. The title was just impossible to ignore. A literary forger for non-violent crime of a book challenge? Absolutely!

Israel has an intriguing story that begins with the circumstances under which she decided to begin her forgeries and gets into the state of affairs after she’s done with it. My favorite thing about this short book is the indignation. It cracked me up a little. I feel like she’s justified in what it is that Israel is indignant about and that’s part of why it was so amusing. I love when people let the reader see that little piece of themselves too.

If you’re doing the Read Harder challenge, keep this one in mind for task 19! Save it for later on Goodreads here or buy it now on Amazon here, unless you have Scribd subscription and definitely get it there in print or audiobook.

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