Mouth to Mouth


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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
5.43 X 8.27 X 0.71 inches | 0.39 pounds

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About the Author

Antoine Wilson is the author of the novels Panorama City and The Interloper. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, Best New American Voices, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and he is a contributing editor of A Public Space. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and recipient of a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, he lives in Los Angeles. His website is:


"A slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith that keeps us terminally off balance." --Oprah Daily

"Psychologically complex and suspenseful until the literal last sentence, it uses every word of its 200 or so pages to the fullest." --NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

"[An] enthralling literary puzzle... Wilson is a gorgeous writer, pulling you in and compelling you to keep reading. The story, and the story-within-the-story -- the twists and turns, the attention lavished on motivation and emotion, the efforts to rationalize or at least explain strange or unsavory behavior -- recall the cool prose of Paul Auster... This powerful, intoxicating book's greatest tension is that we have no idea where it is heading, right up to the shocking final sentence." --Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

"[A] taut, compulsive chamber piece of a novel, which you'll struggle not to rip through in one sitting... Mouth to Mouth is an elegantly told and supremely gripping tale of serendipity and deception--and delivers a brilliant ending that will leave you guessing about everything that came before." --Vogue

"Wilson is a first-rate yarn spinner... [a] sly and energetic novel." --The Washington Post

"Incredibly taut, with funny and brilliantly described scenes of the Los Angeles art world... [Mouth to Mouth is] powered by a kind of ominous propulsive forward momentum right up until the very end, which is unexpected and inevitable, as all the best endings are." --Vanity Fair

"A gloriously addicting tale of decisions and deception... Despite the story being a short once, it doesn't lack suspense -- and Wilson's ending delivers." --Buzzfeed

"Antoine Wilson's Mouth To Mouth is the best book I've read in ages. Narratively ingenious, delicately written, intriguingly plotted, it is literature of the highest quality. I see you now, dear Reader, with this novel in your hand and already losing track of time...." --Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

"Mouth to Mouth is that rarity, a perfect narrative machine, working by its own laws. The cool nervous clarity of the prose enmeshes the reader in a trap of complicity, one snapping shut on narrator and reader at the same instant. Bravo." --Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude

"By the end of the slim volume Antoine Wilson has made sure to wallop the reader with the realization that the story has been eerier than they ever realized." --Entertainment Weekly

"A tale of deceit, intrigue, and tested morality...jaw-dropping." --Time, A Best Book of the Year