The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Stories

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Stories

by JT LeRoy, Jeff Feuerzeig

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National Bestseller

With a new foreword by Jeff Feuerzeig

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.



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641281
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 64,545
File size: 558 KB

About the Author

JT LeRoy is a literary persona created by Laura Albert. She is the author of Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold’s End.

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The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CiscoTheKid More than 1 year ago
It is rare that I read a book that is so wild and original and heartbreakingly beautiful that I find myself returning to it again and again. Whenever I am reading something else, I am secretly wishing I was reading “Sarah” or “The Heart if Deceitful Above All Things” again. Laura Albert is a literary genius capable of creating characters so real and human that I find myself worrying about them and missing them and wondering about them long after the conclusion. This is a Dickensonian feat that few writers I can think of are capable of achieving so effortlessly. She brings back the magic of reading that I loved as a child. She can imbue seemingly simple moments with such vivid details and meaning that you don’t even see the next sentence coming until it hits you over the head and leaves you on the floor. She is truly a modern day Salinger. On another note, I have read some reviews here that are bent on focusing on the whole JT Leroy “hoax.” I have 3 things to say to these people. First, literary personas are nothing new. Second, the book clearly states FICTION. Third, JT Leroy is alive! If you can’t understand that, then you don’t understand these books at all and I feel sorry for you. Laura Albert is more than deserving of her fame and deserves to have her work read and praised. I, for one, will sing her praises till the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that I do not frequently read for pleasure. But about two years ago I was turned on to this book by a good friend of mine. This book just blew me away. It reaches deep down into your soul and pulls out the most gutwrenching,heartbreaking emotions you could ever feel for another person. The compassion, fear, and hatred you feel for the characters when reading this book are so true and real that you wish that you yourself could do something to help this tourtured child. I would recomend this book to anyone who has experience with a history of child abuse or knows someone who does.
KLmesoftly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heart-wrenching, until one comes to the realization that it is entirely fictional. JT LeRoy doesn't exist; he's the invention of Laura Albert. Since the majority of this book's power comes from the perception that it is true (without that, I'm left wondering at the sick imagination of the author), I'd have to encourage my friends to skip it.
realsupergirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, despite all the hoopla about who the author really is, this is a really well-written book about a boy who is perceived as a girl, abused as a girl, and often identifies as a girl. It is written in nonlinear, stream-of-consciousness format which makes it very compelling. It kind of sucks you in. Personally, I don't care whether the author is transgendered or not. Personally, I don't care whether the author survived horrific abuse or not. The back of the cover lists this book as fiction. JT Leroy has no mandate saying the book has to be anything other than fiction, and as a work of fiction it is pretty damn good.
yorkjob on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Regardless of how authenticity of the story, this is a great novel. It grabs you and thrashes your emotions around.
addict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LeRoy rose to considerable notoriety as the teenaged author of last year's Sarah, a novel about a gender-confused kid whose mother is a truckers' prostitute. In his latest work, a rawly written, riveting series of 10 interlocked stories that read fluidly as a novel, LeRoy returns to the themes of guilt and sin in the first-person voice of a boy so viciously abused by his caretakers that he is left with barely a sense of his own identity. Jeremiah is a child nobody wants, and he passes swiftly from foster parents to his angry and vindictive teenaged mother, Sarah, to his fanatically Evangelical grandparents. Sarah, herself badly wounded by her punishing, Bible-obsessed parents, gave birth to the boy when she was only 14; she returns at 18 to claim him. "Nobody takes what's mine," spouts the foul-mouthed, pill-popping, paranoid young woman. It's soon clear that Sarah cares nothing for her son, who becomes an unwelcome tagalong on her transient cross-country misadventures in hooking louche sugar daddies, stripping, turning tricks for truckers and cooking up explosive "crystal" in one boyfriend's cellar. The boy, who begins to crave Sarah's punishment as a way of keeping his life in balance, is frequently whipped for bed-wetting and is raped by her unsavory boyfriends; his denial of his sexuality becomes a pathetic attempt to identify with his tormentor. LeRoy depicts his ill-begotten characters as tenderly as Jean Genet, and delineates their acts of sadism and self-mutilation as unsparingly as A.M. Homes. Yet the stories resist spiraling into mere sensationalism. While Sarah becomes almost cartoonish in her savagery, the characters of the trucker child prostitute Milkshake and the lumbering biker Buddy are poignantly understated. Jeremiah, conflicted, emotionally bled but never self-pitying or defeated, elicits a gratifying sympathy. LeRoy's work is a startling achievement in his accelerating mastery of the literary form
stuckinabigbook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Extremely disturbing novel that was painful at times to read. But I mean that in a good way.
PrincessPaulina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
* NO Spoilers were used in the writing of this review! *An example of a depressing book that is worth reading because of the sharp, insightful writing. Despite the disturbing subject matter I was compelled to finish this book, much as people are often compelled to stare at a traffic accident.The subject and characters are memorable, though this is often an emotionally trying read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
the horrific detail in this book are fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. it is very emotional and shocking. i couldnt put it down. everyone should read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fact is JT's followup to Sarah is a very disparaging read. I gave the book to my therapist, and he gave it back, it's sadness overwhelming. Nevertheless, this book is beautiful, and shows promise. Keep in mind that he is only 24 years old, and probably wants nothing to do with Oprah Winfrey. I thought that these last few years in America bred irony into us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, although heavy in its subject matter, is truly a must read. Leroy finds a way to inject humor into disturbing issues such as child abuse, neglect, and sexual molestation. the author is successful at creating a choatic emotional ride: one minute you're giggling, and the next you're not sure whether to scream in anger or giggle some more. but then again, that's what a good book is all about. take a risk, read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Unlike the first reviewer, I seem to find it fascinating rather than overly disturbing. Yes, the subject was a severe, but I certainly did not feel the need to go lay down, or whatever it is that the first person said. I highly reccommend this book, and am looking for more like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The style and pace of these stories is exceptioinal. And for about 50 pages, these technical merits carry the readers' interest. But the stories themselves are just an endless littany of increasingly horrific scenes of abuse with no apparent point other than to shock. The liner notes claim that these stories are autobioraphical. If that's true, Mr. Leroy has my deepest sympathy. But that doesn't change the fact that this collection of stories has very little literary merit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is graphic, disturbing, and frankly sickening. At one point, I had to stop reading and lie curled on my bed to keep from getting sick. That said, it's believable prose, not kitschy or unnecessarily obscene. I'm of the opinion that anything that can elicit strong emotion is of at least some interest, and you'll definitely care for Jeremiah and hate his mother and the other antagonists by the end of this one. Though certainly not for the easily disturbed, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things is a heartwrenching, stomach-turning look into the twisted world of a horribly abused boy surrounded by senseless depravity. LeRoy pulls no punches.