Ever read that in the front of a book? It usually continues with "Any resemblance to any persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." There have been a number of times when I've read that and thought, "Yeah, right! That's a fine way to cover your behind." And that's really what it is, at least I think. Trudy Morgan Cole also thinks so. She says so in the front pages of her book By the Rivers of Brooklyn.
Trudy also reminds as that often "writers mine their own lives for material." In talking about her book she says "This book, finally, is pure fiction, and its story includes things that really happened in my family and in other people's families and a few things that may never have happened in any family." I love that honesty, and I think it is true of all fiction books.
BTW, I am enjoying the book and you may find it referred to in a few more blog posts in the future. I already have another planned out in my head. :)