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Girl Boy Girl

How I Became JT Leroy

Savannah Knoop



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Seven Stories
22 May 2019
The true story of Savannah Knoop, JT LeRoy, and one of the most famous literary hoaxes of all time, soon to be a major motion picture.

More than ten years after the New York Times unmasked Savannah Knoop as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy, her story continues to fascinate. To some, it was a compelling experiment with authorship and identity. To others, it was an unforgivable deception. In Girl Boy Girl, Knoop tells her side of the story, revealing how she came to portray the young trans hustler turned literary wunderkind - a persona created by her sister-in-law, Laura Albert, to help sell her books.

For six years Knoop led this bizarre double life, trading a precarious existence as a college dropout for a life in which she was embraced by celebrities and artists - Carrie Fisher, Courtney Love, Mary Ellen Mark, Winona Ryder, Asia Argento, Gus Van Sant, Mike Pitt, Calvin Klein, and Shirley Manson, to name a few - and traveled the world. Knoop reveals how playing JT LeRoy gave her a sense of confidence and entitlement she never had before. But as JT's fame grew, the charade became harder to maintain, and Knoop started to resent "pretending to be someone who had nothing to do with me, representing something I hadn't created." Much more than an inside look at one of the most famous literary hoaxes of all time, this book is also the story of a woman who inadvertently finds herself by pretending to be someone else.

This edition of the book features a new introduction by the author, whose story will soon be a major motion picture starring Kristen Stewart as Savannah/JT.
By:   Savannah Knoop
Imprint:   Seven Stories
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9781609808419
ISBN 10:   160980841X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   22 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

SAVANNAH KNOOP began to lead a double life in 1999 at the age of eighteen, when her sister-in-law asked her to be the face of JT LeRoy, author of the internationally acclaimed novels Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. Her true identity was revealed in 2006. She has an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Reviews for Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy

In 2001 I photographed JT LeRoy for Vanity Fair. Five years later, we met again; this time Savannah Knoop was her true self. We immediately became friends. She gave me her book to read. Not only is it beautifully written, it's a fascinating and intimate story. I couldn't put it down. --Mary Ellen Mark

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