A reissue of the national bestselling novel by JT LeRoy/Laura Albert—published to coincide with the new Jeff Feuerzeig documentary: Author: The JT LeRoy Story, which will have a theatrical release in July 2016.
“A deft and imaginative…novel.”—New York Times Book Review
Sarah never admits that she’s his mother, but the beautiful boy has watched her surv...more
Dear J T Leroy,
I am your biggest fandangle. I love how you wrote those two books about child abuse under a fake name. I love how you paid a boring Brooklyn writer to pretend to be you to make the shitty shit more real. When I was a child I too hung around trailer park hookers and helped perform fellatio on beer-sodden belliferous brutes. (I didn’t really, but hey!) I like how your books are written at a level children can understand and from the POV of kids, because if ther ...more
But after six years of this charade, the hoax that was JT LeRoy was uncovered in a 2005 expo ...more
That much said, I'm conflicted, because Albert has c ...more
JT Leroy became an instant celebrity. Everyone wanted to interview him, and because of his strange upbringing, he felt more comfortable dressing as a girl during his appearances. No problem there, ...more
Sarah is about Cherry Vanilla , a boy so desperate for love, any inkling of something that resembles love, that he will go to any lengths for it. Especially from his brash, neglectful mother, Sarah.
Sarah who slaps him across the face. Sarah who used to dress him as a girl to help her steal from the supermarket. Sarah who abandons him for months at a time all throughout the rural States...
But she always comes back, ...more
The dialect, dialogue, protagonist, antagonist, the characters and their relationships, the pacing, then the action. All of these eleme ...more
I finally decided to read this much-lauded piece of cult fiction recently and I have to say I’m so glad I did. I can now call myself a J.T. LeRoy fan, folks.
This is the story of Cherry Vanilla, a teen transsexual trucker prostitute. This amazing story takes place in two separate truck stops in West Virginia. At first I found the reading of this book daunting because of the local hillbilly dialect it’s written in, but after you get through that hurdle, an amazing story starts to unfold before you ...more
Sarah, Cherry Vanilla or Sam are all one and the same person, who he or she is depends on the situation and environment they find themselves in. Sometimes she is the pretty little girl mirage, sometimes s ...more
My boyfriend read this a few days before me, closed it and upon being asked what he thought replied: "just read it". I did and I later found out it was the best book ever read. I quickly came to share his opinion.
Sarah is a first person account of Cherry Vanilla, a twelve year old boy, who wants more than anything to become the best "lot lizard" there is. In his quest to attain fame as a truck stop whore he leaves the home he has become use ...more
The woman who sold the film rights to the book was subsequently sued for fraud and had to pay damages. And the woman she paid to "appear" as the author, wrote her own book in 2008. The more serious damage I think resides with both the transgen ...more
Wow I don't know what to say really.
I think that most people rating this book have judged it based on the author's hoax at claiming this was a true story but if you ignore all that mess, what you find here is a really weird, heart breaking and hilarious novel. I think people need to start looking at this as a stand-alone novel and push the whole scandal to the side to see how brilliant this book actually is.
I wasn't sure why I de ...more
Now In 2018 there is at least a dozen. Im pretty sure this couldnt have happened unless jtleroy and her lit connctions (no names....) broke that trail for us. JT Leroy is real and I know a few 100% dead ringers. I cant thank you for that, It's just not an appropriate time in this trumpity civil war slow p ...more