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The classic JT LeRoy story collection is now available in audio for the first time ever, featuring eleven previously uncollected stories, including one never before published, and an all-star line-up of twenty-one narrators.

“Beautifully structured and written.”—Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

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.

Foreword written and read by Jeff Feuerzeig

Narrators include: Laura Albert, Shirley Manson, Joshua Caleb Johnson, SOKO, Michael Imperioli, Winsome Brown, Pamela Sneed, Robin Weigert, Lawrence Rothman, Kerris Dorsey, Julie Mintz, Paul Mendez, Donovan Leitch, Daniel Newman, Darnell Martin, Alissa Bennett, Libby Mintz, Laura Desiree, Christelle de Castro, and Laila Hayani.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eyewitness’s imagination burns in his language, which is not lyrical but as vivid as a match held close to the face.”

    New York Times

  • “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things [has] grit, tragedy, and power. The force of the story continues to exist.”

    Lit Hub

  • “Strong, fierce, hard…Astonishing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Remarkable.”


  • “A startling achievement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Beautifully structured and written.”

    Hubert Selby Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

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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.

About the Narrators

Jeff Feuerzeig is the writer and director of the critically acclaimed non-fiction films Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, The Real Rocky, and Author: The JT LeRoy Story.

Michael Imperioli is an author and actor, best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti in the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award. He also wrote five episodes of the show and was co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam, directed by Spike Lee. He has appeared in six of Lee’s films and has also acted in films by Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Walter Hill, Peter Jackson, and the Hughes Brothers.

Maria Liatis is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.