"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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