Author Wednesday “Wendy” Martin’s book Primates of Park Avenue supposedly chronicles the housewife’s life as a wealthy mother in New York’s Upper East Side. However, public records indicate the story may be fiction rather than a memoir as it was initially advertised. Though Martin claims to have done “field work” for the book by living in the Upper East Side for six years with her two sons, public records indicate that the author only lived in the area for three years and only has one son. So, what else in the book is fictional?
The New York Post reports that the authenticity to claims made in the popular memoir Primates of Park Avenue may not true. Author Wednesday Martin’s book supposedly documents the lives of wealthy housewives in the exclusive group of UES moms. However, records indicate that there are a variety of holes in Martin’s story and that much of the book may actually be fictional.
Some of the lies in the book are verified with public records such as the fact that Martin only lived in the UES for three years and not six. Martin also only had one son during the time living in her UES apartment not two as mentioned in the book. Others have called into question the accounts listed in Martin’s book after noticing that some of the shops and services mentioned in the book did not exist when the woman supposedly lived in the exclusive area. For example, at one point in the book, Martin discusses the taxi service Uber. However, at the time the supposed events took place in the book, Uber did not exist. In addition to Uber, Martin also discusses the happenings at Physique 57, the gym she supposedly used to lose baby weight. However, the gym did not exist when she supposedly frequented it.
Another claim that raised eyebrows by those who know about the exclusive community is the claim that some women receive yearly “wife bonuses.” Readers of the book expressed doubt about the bonus and it was brought up in an interview. Martin seemed to cut back on the claims during the interview noting that the trending wasn’t widespread but “some women told me about” it.
According to the Daily Mail, Martin has admitted to “telescoping” parts of the book for privacy reasons. The book does begin with a disclaimer that notes “certain names and facts had been changed to protect the identity of some of her characters.” However, it does not disclose how many facts were changed.
With so many discrepancies in the book, should the Primates of Park Avenue be described as a fictional writing based on actual events instead of a memoir?
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