Booksellers and avid readers who remember back to 2006 will recall the literary
scandal around the much lionized young author “JT Leroy.” Leroy was supposedly a young street hustler whose gritty personal stories were huge hits for almost a decade—until the media revealed that Leroy was a complete fabrication—the invention of 40-year year old Laura Alpert.
The story is a now told in a documentary by the director of The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Author: The JT LeRoy Story. If you’re unfamiliar with what a huge flap this was, Vanity Fair contextualizes it nicely in “Whatever Happened to JT LeRoy?”
Harper Perennial is reissuing two of “Leroy’s” books not as memoir but as the fiction they are. If you want to see why this bizarre story was so compelling, here’s the source material!
Sarah: A Novel (9780062641250) by J. T. Leroy. $14.99 trade paper. 8/23/16 on sale.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (9780062641274) by J. T. Leroy. $14.99 trade paper. 8/23/16 on sale.