"Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. There is something naive about a novelist like myself talking about presenting himself 'undisguised' and depicting 'a life without the fiction.' I also invite oversimplification of a kind I don't at all like by announcing that searching out the facts may have been a kind of therapy for me. You search your past with certain questions on your mind --- indeed, you search out your past to discover which events have led you to asking those specific questions. It isn't that you subordinate your ideas to the force of the facts in autobiography but that you construct a sequence of stories to bind up the facts with a persuasive hypothesis that unravels your history's meaning."
Philip Roth, The Facts, A novelist's autobiography