Sarah (Paperback)

Author: Leroy, J. T.

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Now in paperback, this novel creates a haunting, memorable world, strangely reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. "Sarah" is the story of the prodigal son recast in the carnivalesque world of the highway truck stop and its environs--a poignant, lyrical debut by a young author.


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9781582341460
SKU 30752137
Format Paperback
ISBN10 158234146X
Release Date 6/1/2001
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
J. T. Leroy
JT "Terminator" LeRoy is a non-existent novelist, the product of one of the biggest and strangest literary hoaxes of all time. For years, LeRoy was known to his friends, fans, and publishers as a young man from West Virginia with a prostitute mother, who had grown up to become a cross-dressing teenage prostitute himself at truck stops across the South. He had eventually made his way to the streets of San Francisco where he was rescued by a psychiatrist who encouraged him to write. By phone, LeRoy began to make contact with some of his favorite writers, including Dennis Cooper and Mary Gaitskill, who championed his work. In 2000, his novel, SARAH, came out, a book assumed by everyone to be a thinly veiled autobiography. It was followed by a collection of short stories titled THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS. By phone and email Leroy had cultivated a large network of celebrity friends, admirers, and advocates, including Madonna, Winona Ryder, Billy Corgan, and Gus Van Sant. Notoriously shy, JT LeRoy made rare public appearances and always dressed in dark glasses and a blond wig, usually accompanied by his friend "Speedie," with whom LeRoy lived in a San Francisco squat. However in October, 2005 a New York magazine ran an article suggesting that LeRoy's writing, voice, and identity actually originated with "Speedie" aka Laura Albert, a Brooklyn-born writer, and the public persona was merely an actor playing a role. In 2006, Warren St. John, a writer who had previously written a credulous profile of LeRoy, identified the public "LeRoy" as actually being Savannah Knoop, Albert's sister-in-law, who had been recruited to play the role to allay suspicion. In the subsequent backlash, Albert was lambasted for expropriating sexual abuse, heroin addiction, and HIV-infection simply as a means to get published, make money, and become famous. In a lawsuit in 2007 by the film company that had optioned the rights to SARAH, Albert was found guilty of fraud. However, many consider Albert's decade-long invention and maintenance of a fictional person to be a fascinating experiment in gender-bending and the shape-shifting potential of identity. As author Mary Gaitskill said in New York magazine, "Even if it turned out to be a hoax, it's a very enjoyable one. And a hoax that exposes things about people, the confusion between love and art and publicity. A hoax that would be delightful, and if people are made fools of, it would be okay--in fact, it would be useful."
"For a first novelist, J. T. LeRoy is astonishingly confident. His language turns the tawdriness of hustling into a world of lyrical and grotesque beauty, without losing any of its authenticity. One can clearly hear an Appalachian twang in his prose and, along with his gallows humor, the baroque religiosity of the south. In spite of Sarah's lack of sexual innocence, his language is always fresh, his soul never corrupt. His sweet and pure vision makes even the nastiest scenes bearable."
"It's that masterful tension between the surreal world of truck-stop life and the hope-filled naivete of the boy that both holds our attention and convinces us that despite his youth, LeRoy is a mature and very gifted writer."
"Scary, sad, and way, way out there....Leroy depicts his damaged, degraded characters with considerable tenderness."
From the Publisher
Annotation A boy and his mother, Sarah, work for a fairly benign pimp named Glad until the boy takes his mother's name and runs away. He falls under the sway of a rival pimp, Le Loup, who brutalizes him in extensively detailed encounters, and attempts to market him as a living female saint. When SARAH was published in 2001, J. T. LeRoy claimed to be a young man in his early twenties who based this haunting and disturbing debut novel on his own experiences. But in late 2005, the New York Times exposed the LeRoy persona as a hoax; in reality, a middle-aged woman named Laura Albert wrote LeRoy's books, while Savannah Knoop, the half-sister of Albert's longtime partner Geoffrey, made all of LeRoy's public appearances.
Editors Note The national bestselling first novel by a virtuosic young talent. |Cherry Vanilla, twelve years old with a penchant for short leather skirts and make-up, has one dream: to become the most famous 'lot lizard', or truck stop whore, in the business. With his blond curls and his naked ambition he is determined to be more woman than most, and to match his idol, rival, and mother, Sarah. Adopting her name and sex, he heads off into the dangerous and fantastic worlds pocketed away in the West Virginian wilds. On his journey for fame he meets with sinister pimps, luck-restoring Jack-a-lopes, superstitious prostitutes who take him for a saint, and a host of bizarre and beautiful outcasts that make up his unusual, heartbreaking world.
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