Sarah: A Novel (Paperback)
Featuring a foreword by Billy Corgan
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 survive as a “lot lizard”: a prostitute working the West Virginia truck stops. Desperate to win her love, he decides to surpass her as the best and most famous lot lizard ever. With his own leather mini-skirt and a makeup bag that closes with Velcro, the young “Cherry Vanilla” embarks on a journey through the Appalachian wilds, dining on transcendental cuisine, supplicating to the mystical Jackalope, encountering the most terrifying of pimps, walking on water, being venerated as an innocent girl saint—and then being denounced as the devil.
By turns exhilarating and shocking, magical and realistic, Sarah brings urgency, wit, and imagination to an unknown and unforgettable world.
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. lauraalbert.org.
“Edgy but thoroughly...larger than life...comically Dickensian.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
— Publishers Weekly
“...quick, lively, and fascinating.”
“Wildly imagined, but described with a quiet sureness Sarah’s considerable originality testify to LeRoy’s wonderful ability to make up beautiful things.”
— Village Voice Literary Supplement
“JT LeRoy’s masterful imagination, command of story, and easy sense of the mythological are a rare combination that demands attention.”
— Toronto Star