Spotlight: John Waters’s Liarmouth, May 2022, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

A filmmaker's fiction debut. 

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Waters, John. Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance. Farrar. May 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780374185725. $26. CD.

It’s hardly surprising that the outrageous filmmaker of silver-screen glitter from Hairspray to Pink Flamingos would make his fiction debut with a “feel-bad romance.” (He has authored several best-selling nonfiction titles, including the recent Mr. Know-It-All.) His protagonist is thieving, swindling, ever-resentful Marsha Sprinkle, disliked by children and animals alike and called Liarmouth by her fed-up family. Finally, Liarmouth meets a man who makes her face up to herself and tell the truth. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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