People who have experience in the publishing world probably have varied and unique outlooks as to just what that world consists of and is (much like life itself).

Adam Langer wrote his book The Thieves of Manhattan from his own particular view and admits much of it is fiction...But, a fiction based on factual experience, if you will.

This reported in the
Northwest Indiana Times by Jane Ammeson:

If you in anyway believe that book publishing is an old-school style business, full of refined types who wear leather elbow-patched tweed jackets and smoke pipes while perusing high-brow manuscripts, then Adam Langer's "Thieves of Manhattan" (Spiegel Grau 2010, $15) might be too much to bear.

Langer, an author, journalist and filmmaker, mentions that the idea for the novel, which zings the book publishing industry, came about when he crashed a party in Los Angeles and came away with the impression he wasn't the only one faking it. And thus he decided to write about an author penning a fake memoir, somewhat akin to the great literary hoaxes we've seen recently including James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces."

"I would be sorry if people took my descriptions of the industry to be totally realistic," said Langer, who grew up on Mozart Street in Chicago, when asked if thinks people will be surprised at his depiction of book publishing. "This is, after all, a work of fiction. Or, at least it sort of is. And I haven't worn tweed in years."

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