Hell hath no fury like a woman with broadband.

Early this year, when Peter Carey released Theft: A Love Story, a fictional yet seemingly autobiographical account of a messy marriage breakdown, ex-wife Alison Summers was incensed.

She believed that a character called The Plaintiff, described in the book as a shopaholic and “alimony wh-re” was meant to represent herself. She told The Guardian in May:

I think it’s like he fictionalised me, and the fact that he feels free to do so is a kind of intimidation. It’s emotional terrorism … Say if he really believed I was this hideous person, and he couldn’t resist the idea of using what he had learned about some hideous person. He would be free to make that hideous person into a great-aunt, or a child, or a salesman, but the minute you make that person into someone that is noticeably like the wife of the author, then people are going to go: ‘Oh God, that looks like his ex-wife,’ …

Summers, who is writing a novel called Mrs Jekyll – a book about a marriage gone wrong in which the ex-husband is not, she says, based on Carey has said that she’s “not into revenge”.

Which makes it a little strange that she’s chosen to post Carey’s profile on DatingPsychos.com, as reported in The Herald Sun. At the end of the marriage, writes Summers, Peter Carey, 62, a writer from New York, “was treating me like Cinderella was treated by her stepmother”.

The site was started by J-Dog who created it so that “these psychos’ friends and family will visit this website, read the f-cked up sh-t that went down, and see these people for the truly mentally unstable people that they are”.

Carey would not be pleased with the less-than-exalted company he’s keeping  the site is populated by cads like Oliver, a “twinkly eyed Irishman” who’s left behind a “string of broken hearts, blighted careers, devastating debts”.

It’s a place where truth is seedier than fiction.

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Peter Fray

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