The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Book - 2002
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The extraordinary stories that brought the author a cult following at the age of sixteen.

These are the stories of a young boy on the run, away from his past, hellbent towards an unknown future. Connected, they form a sometimes harrowing, sometimes bleakly funny, and often tender portrait of a complicated life. Like a modern-day Voltaire, LeRoy bounces his characters from adventure to adventure, each of them unyielding in the belief that the best of all possible worlds lies just around the next corner. Fresh, raw, and absolutely unforgettable, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things has further established the acclaimed author of Sarah as one of the most compelling voices in contemporary fiction.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2002, c2001
ISBN: 9781582342115
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 06, 2017

"The heart is deceitful about all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?"-Jeremiah 17:9
If you know anything about JT LeRoy, it's that there is no JT LeRoy. The enigmatic LeRoy was a former teenage hustler and prostitute until it was revealed LeRoy was actually Laura Albert, who had her sister-in-law dress up as LeRoy for public appearances. This is chronicled in the film "Author: The JT LeRoy Story." As with another minor literary scandal (James Frey's liberal use of alternative facts for "A Million Little Pieces"), what's striking it that once the hubbub has died down, you're left with a book that's not that great. A series of interconnected stories about a damaged, teenage mother and her son, the style is transgressive meets dirty realism in a sordid hotel room, where they have drunken and barely consensual sex on stained sheets while the neighbors complain. This new edition includes new stories and a foreword by director Jeff Feuerzeig ("The Devil & Daniel Johnston"). Made into the film by Asia Argento.

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