Valeria Luiselli The Story of My Teeth

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The Story of My Teeth

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9781783780822: The Story of My Teeth

[Translated by Christina MacSweeney]
[Read by Armando Duran and Thom Rivera]

The story of ''Highway'' Sanchez -- bon vivant, world traveler, auctioneer -- and his teeth is like Johnny Cash meets Robert Walser in Mexico.

''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.''

Gustavo ''Highway'' Sanchez Sanchez 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, The Story of My Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.

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About the Author:

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. In 2014 she was honored as part of the National Book Foundation's list of ''5 under 35.'' Her debut novel, Faces in the Crowd, earned rave reviews and won the Los Angeles Times' 2015 Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Luiselli's fiction and essays have been translated into many languages, and her work has appeared in such publications as Granta, McSweeney's, and the New York Times

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''The Story of My Teeth explores the meaning of home through the antics of an auctioneer, told in his own hyperbolic fashion, who has decided views on the meaning of value and worth in life and art.'' --BBC.com

''This kind of writing -- direct and gentle, affectionate and satirical, precise and imaginative, memorable and efficient -- appears throughout, and the character of Gustavo is brought to life with exquisite imaginative power and beautifully judged tics and cadences...It is a sad, beautiful, and brilliant book. It will endure.'' --National (Abu Dhabi)

''A fiercely intelligent, inventive, and hilarious exploration of worth, value, and creation in the worlds of art and literature.'' --Bookanista

''Surprising and charming...It's difficult not to follow wherever it takes you.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

''A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth...The whole book is a kind of extended commentary on how possessions acquire value largely through the stories we tell about them....A clever philosophical novel that, as the author puts it, has 'less to do with lying than surpassing the truth.' '' --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

''The Story of My Teeth has a Joycean playfulness with words, events, structure, literary theory, languages, and human nature.'' --Midwest Book Review

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