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The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

A timely reissue of the extraordinary stories by JT LeRoy/Laura Albert that won international acclaim, to be timed with the theatrical release of the documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

‘A startling achievement’ Publishers Weekly

This book of interconnected stories depicts the chaotic life of a young boy on the run with his teenage mother. When Sarah reclaims Jeremiah from his foster parents, he finds himself catapulted into her world of motels and truck stops, exposed to the abusive, exploitative men she encounters. As he learns to survive in this harrowing environment, Jeremiah also learns to love his mother, even as she descends into drug-fueled madness.

Told in spare, lyrical prose, rich with imagination and dark humor, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things transforms the savagery of Jeremiah’s world into an indelible experience of compassion. This special edition includes an additional seven stories, previously uncollected, by JT LeRoy, the literary persona of Laura Albert.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Short Stories

On Sale: 4th August 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781472152565


[The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things] is a fascinating book, a book that instantly stirs the emotions and involves the readers in the lives of the people. It did not take long for the judgments to come fast and furious. That's what can be so deceitful about this book: you get so caught up in the circumstances and lives of the people you can easily overlook the quality of the writing, which is exceptional. One of the reasons this book is so powerful and effective is because it is beautifully structured and written. JT LeRoy should have a most remarkable future as a writer
Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn
I'm reading The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by JT LeRoy. It's blowing my mind, just the directness of the prose
Bono Vox (U2)
JT Leroy has succeeded in writing the perfect novel
Shirley Manson (Garbage)
a genuinely authoritative voice ... truly remarkable
JT's stories are like stitches, like exit wounds, dispatches, depositions. He is the brilliant, gifted, and profound fly on the wall
Tom Waits
JT LeRoy's first two books, Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, will prove to be among the most influential books of the last ten years. This is not because they are read and understood by everyone; it's because they are read and loved, rabidly, by thousands of young and very sensitive people who believe that JT speaks for them. He does speak for them, and does so without knowing that he does, and does so with a perfect and bizarre eloquence
Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
An eyewitness's imagination burns in his language ... as vivid as a match held close to the face
New York Times
Good Lord, what a book! JT LeRoy's writing is savagely authentic and appallingly beautiful. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Christ, he's good. He's a born writer
John Waters, writer/director of Pink Flamingos
One of the most honest and distinctive voices in American fiction
Nan Goldin
A startling achievement
Publishers Weekly