The Washington Post weighs in, lightly, on "The Jewel of Medina" debacle. In recounting the story--by now much blogged on and written about by Yours Truly--they start describing the author's experience thus:
She started writing a fictionalized story of Aisha, a young and much-beloved wife of Muhammad. Seven drafts later, in April 2007, Random House gave Jones a $100,000 contract for "The Jewel of Medina" and a sequel.
Aisha wasn't just "young"; she was six.