This book of interconnected stories depicts the chaotic life of a young boy on the run with his teenage mother. When Sarah reclaims Jeremiah from his foster parents, he finds himself catapulted into her world of motels and truck stops, exposed to the abusive, exploitative men she encounters. As he learns to survive in this harrowing environment, Jeremiah also learns to love his mother, even as she descends into drug-fueled madness.
Told in spare, lyrical prose, rich with imagination and dark humor, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things transforms the savagery of Jeremiah’s world into an indelible experience of compassion. This special edition includes an additional seven stories, previously uncollected, by JT LeRoy, the literary persona of Laura Albert.
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’m so sorry. I wanted to like this book, I really did. But the story just didn’t flow for me and I kept on stopping and starting with this book. Just not for me.
A two out of five star read.
I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley and the Little Brown Book Group for my copy.