Oprah: Was your description of how she died true?
James: She committed suicide, yes.
Oprah: She hung herself?
James: I mean, that was one of the details I altered about her.
Oprah: Okay. And why?
James: Because all the way through the book I altered details about every single one of the characters to render them unidentifiable.
Oprah: So how did she die?
James: She cut her wrists.
Oprah: Hanging is more dramatic than cutting your wrists? Is that why you chose hanging?
James: I don't think either [is] more dramatic than [the other].