Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance
by John Waters
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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set
A hilariously filthy tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction from the brilliantly twisted mind of John Waters, the legendary filmmaker and bestselling author of Mr. Know-It-All.
Marsha Sprinkle: Suitcase thief. Scammer. Master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own family wants her dead. She’s smart, she’s desperate, she’s disturbed, and she’s on the run with a big chip on her shoulder. They call her Liarmouth—until one insane man makes her tell the truth.
Liarmouth, the first novel by John Waters, is a perfectly perverted “feel-bad romance,” and the reader will thrill to hop aboard this delirious road trip of riotous revenge.
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And now, the next to impossible task of reviewing the latest tome from the inimitable John Waters, #Liarmouth. Please watch closely as I cop out and magically change Review to Rate before your very eyes. I’ll use The Motion Picture rating system to keep this simple. To start we’ll give #Liarmouth a G for Giggles & Guffaws, which it’s loaded with, and also Gross, but we’d expect nothing less from John Waters. Moving on, PG, which in this case stands for Perversely Grotesque ( but in a weird/funny way at your discretion). Moving on once more', PG13, which again stands for Perversely Grotesque , but only if you figured out the parental blockage code and have been watching porn for the past 3 years. A plethora of R’s: Ribald, Rowdy, Riotous, Repulsive and Roaringly Rambunctious to name just a few. Finally X for X-Ray, which I’d like to see of Waters’ brain to help determine how his twisted mind created #Liarmouth. No matter how many stars I give it, many of you will disagree so I’ll go with four, with the disclaimer that I have a sick sense of humor. Consider yourselves warned.
As weird as they wanna be! As you'd expect from Waters, a most unusual ride, but such a fun one. Recommended!
It's John Waters. So what do you expect. Having enjoyed his more than generous memoirs and, shall we say appreciated, his filmwork, I was curious to see if his edge had been smoothed as he approaches his mid 70's. I was thrilled to find, it hasn't. There is somewhat of a plot featuring the most anti-heroic heroine, but if you're looking for a plot synopsis, look elsewhere. How Waters can wring so much absurdity in many of the set pieces (one in a laundromat in particular made me laugh longest), but this is more of a wild ride than anything else. One side note, I give thanks to FSG for making me an early reader, and see that in his Acknowledgments Waters thanks his editor, Bill Clegg, who himself wrote some generous memoirs and one of my favorite novels, and is credited with "...being a voice of reason . . . even in the midst of fictitious anarchy." That last phrase sums this up best of all.
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