The Story of My Teeth (Paperback)
I can confidently say that The Story of My Teeth is the best book I read in 2016, though it is hard to make such proclamations. It is a strange and unique tale, the kind that are typically given to us as classic masterpieces—timeless but usually decades, if not centuries old. I can honestly say you have never read anything like this before. It is smart, funny, strange, and brilliant. Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez is one of the greatest characters ever to reach the page.
-- Nick— From Nick B. Staff Picks
It was so pleasant to get lost in the weird and wonderful tall tales of Gustavo "Highway" Sanchez Sanchez, the self-proclaimed best auctioneer in the world and sly narrator of what I can definitely say is the most engaging, smart, and comical dental autobiography I have ever had the privilege of reading. Luiselli's elegant prose can't be missed and her characters and their allegorical stories lean toward the absurd in a way that puts one in mind of the likes of Paul Auster.
-- Althea— From Althea L. Staff Picks
"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.