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The Story of My Teeth (Paperback)
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The charming and ultimately unreliable narrator of this book is a “lover and collector of good stories, which [are] the only honest way of modifying the value of an object.”  To this end he employs hyperboles and allegories and circular and elliptical storytelling (plus so much more) for our reading pleasure. There’s so much to enjoy in this book that it’s even more powerful when the pathos does come in. Add to all that the brilliant literary references and the fact that this was written in collaboration with workers in a juice factory in the suburbs of Mexico City and you have what could be described as a  real “three-dimensional” novel.  If you haven’t read Luiselli before this would be a great place to start.               

 

— From arlo klahr

Description


"Luiselli follows in the imaginative tradition of writers like Borges and Marquez, but her style and concerns are unmistakably her own. This deeply playful novel is about the passion and obsession of collecting, the nature of storytelling, the value of objects, and the complicated bonds of family. . . Luiselli has become a writer to watch, in part because it's truly hard to know (but exciting to wonder about) where she will go next."--The New York Times

I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I'm grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Euripides Lopez Sanchez, was given to saying, is character forming.

Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's. Her novel, The Story of My Teeth is the Winner of the LA Times Book Prize in Fiction.

About the Author


Valeria Luiselli: Valeria Luiselli was born Mexico City and 1983 and grew up in South Africa. A novelist (Faces in the Crowd) and essayist (Sidewalks), her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney's. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894098
ISBN-10: 1566894093
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 184
Language: English