While the brouhaha over the truth of James Frey's 2004 best-selling memoir A Million Little Pieces
grabbed nationwide front-page headlines two years after the fact, a far more elaborate — and interesting — literary hoax went relatively ignored. In January 2006 the New York Times
confirmed nagging suspicions about celebrated young writer J. T. Leroy: Not only was he not
the author of the two novels and numerous short stories attributed to him, but Leroy didn't even exist
. Both his writings and the outrageous details of his shocking life, including a childhood spent as a cross-dressing child prostitute pimped out by an abusive mentally ill m...