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The aftermath of Madoff’s crime is a story that’s still being told. As he sits from his jail cell, his wife, Ruth, lives as a pariah in Florida, paying for her husband’s mistakes. She initially chose her husband over her sons, visiting him in prison against their wishes, but she has since cut off all contact in the wake of her son’s death.
James Frey solicits the help of recent M.F.A. graduates to develop commercial young-adult series. After pitching their ideas or receiving a brief outline by Frey, the hungry writer gets to work on the book without receiving any advance pay. The contract they sign entitles them to a measly $250.00 and a 30% stake in future revenue, including television and film. In exchange, the writer essentially develops the whole thing as a ghostwriter.