The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (Paperback)

By J. T. LeRoy

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 9781582342115, 247pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2002



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.

About the Author

JT LeRoy was born in 1980. He is the author of the novel Sarah. First published at the age of sixteen, he has also written article and stories for Spin, Nerve, NY Press, The Stranger, and several anthologies, under the pseudonym Terminator. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise For The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

"Brilliant, gifted and profound . . . [JT LeRoy] is the witness to all the tales that go on in the dark, and for all of us, long may he have the courage to remember."—Vanity Fair

"JT LeRoy is an authentic wunderkind."—Los Angeles Times

"LeRoy's impressive gift is mesmerizing."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Few writers can deliver LeRoy's sense of a child in the hands of angry adults—or handle it with such assurance."—The Village Voice

"An eyewitness imagination burns in [LeRoy's] language . . . as vivid as a match held close to the face."—The New York Times Book Review

"Jeremy LeRoy writes like Flannery O'Connor tied to the bed and plied with angel dust."—Jerry Stahl, author of Perv: A Love Story and Permanent Midnight

"Relentlessly brutal and flawlessly scribed . . . LeRoy's prose soars."—San Francisco Bay Guardian

"LeRoy's work is a startling achievement in his accelerating mastery of the literary form."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Strong, fierce, hard, and frankly astonishing."—Kirkus Reviews

"[LeRoy is] a hungry writer with the instincts of a person who fishes to eat. Once he hooks the reader he doesn't let go."—Bookforum