Never Say Goodbye is the tell-all story of Quentin Rowan, the most flagrant plagiarist in recent literary history, whose debut novel was withdrawn amid a national media hailstorm in late 2011, including front-page stories in the New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal, and the Guardian. He set the blog world on fire, and continues to
be fiercely debated today. In Never Say Goodbye, Rowan traces his personal path through childhood theft and cheating, to
adolescent delinquency and drug addiction, to the solace he finds in
writing and music. But when he finally achieves sobriety at the age of
twenty, insecurity about an early literary success seriously scrambles
his judgment, and he turns to stealing from other authors.
The book culminates with a detailed account of Rowan's descent into infamy: five days after its publication, his debut novel (written under the pen-name Q.R. Markham) is withdrawn by Little, Brown following a barrage of media accusations. The full scale of his plagiarism is soon revealed, and he is left with a choice: pick up the pieces and begin writing again, or quit and go home. Ultimately, this book, which he actually, really wrote, proves to be his redemption.