Further news, and here, about teenage author Viswanathan – more of her first book looks to have been plagarised, this time from Sophie Kinsella's 'Can you keep a Secret?'. The book has already been taken off sale by publishers Little, Brown and Co. and McCafferty has not pressed with any litigation. This is more damaging to any defence that Viswanathan can present.
Interesting that the book-packaging company involved are not taking as much heat for the plagiarism as Viswanathan however – New York Times piece on book packaging. (Free Sub. Req.) And a Slate.com explanation on book packaging – was Viswanathan just a marketing tool?
(Promising the end of the Viswanathan obsession after this post)
Laurel Touby's "In Defence of Kaavya Viswanathan" appears on GalleyCat.
UPDATE: Final chapter, Viswanathan loses the contract. And no revision in sight.