True story of $1 million publishing deal reads like Onion spoof

A U.S. publisher has paid $1 million for a book, written by an Irish prime minister’s daughter, that was dismissed as schlocky melodrama in Ireland:

While some Irish critics were appalled by the cliches, one-dimensional characters and lack of description of the modern Dublin in which it is set, publishers in the US paid $1m and embraced it as a seminal work of “post- September 11” popular fiction about death. The producers of Forrest Gump stumped up $100,000 for the film rights, an unusually large option even for an established author, rising to $500,000 on first day of shooting.

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