Last week, Alex Malarkey, the co-author of the bestselling memoir The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, posted an open letter on The Pulpit and Pen saying that the details of his book–details drawn from a two-month coma he suffered at the age of six–are false. “I did not die. I did not go to heaven,” he writes. “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention.”
Whether or not this struck you as a surprising turn of events, what is surprising (or should be) is what we’ve since learned about the relationship between the Malarkey family and the book’s publisher, Tyndale House. While the publisher maintains that this was all news to them (they were “saddened to hear that Alex is now saying that he made up the story of dying and going to heaven”; they took the book out of print “immediately”) Michelle Dean‘s article for The Guardian on Wednesday suggests that Alex and his mother, Beth Malarkey, had been trying to set the record straight—both with their publisher and with the public—for years.
Starting in 2011, the Malarkeys addressed the book’s inaccuracies on its Facebook fan page, on personal blogs, in online forums, and in the email exchanges with Tyndale …read more

Via: Melville House Books