The Story of My Teeth Lib/E

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.8 X 1.2 X 6.3 inches | 0.45 pounds
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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

Armando Duran has appeared in films, television, and regional theaters throughout the West Coast. For the last decade he has been a member of the resident acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 he was named by AudioFile as Best Voice in Biography and History for his narration of Che Guevara. A native Californian, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.

Thom Rivera is a multiple Earphones award-winning narrator. He is also a classically trained television, film, theatre, and voice actor. Based in Los Angeles, he spent twelve years living and working in New York City. He has toured nationally and performed at regional theatres and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the US. On television, he can be seen in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and the CBS series Zoo.
Christina MacSweeney is an award-winning literary translator specializing in Latin American fiction.


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.

-- ""

Valeria Luiselli is as much a cartographer as a writer, interested in finding areas still unmapped...she combines fictional narrative with historical and intellectual points of reference, and the result is writing without preconceptions, as airy and open as a soccer field...The Story of My Teeth is playful, attentive, and very smart...Luiselli is an exciting writer to watch, not only for this book, but also for the fresh approach she brings to fiction, one that invites participation and reaction, even skepticism-a living, breathing map.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Quirky doesn't begin to capture the wacky inventiveness of Valeria Luiselli's second novel. The Story of My Teeth is a playful, philosophical funhouse of a read that demonstrates that not only isn't experimental fiction dead, it needn't be deadly, either. Luiselli's elastic mind comfortably stretches to wrap itself around molars, Montaigne, fortune cookies and various theories of meaning.

-- "NPR"

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)"

Quirky and charming, The Story of My Teeth is a delightful meditation on art, value, and truth.

-- ""

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 novel's experimental structure is full of literary allusions and bon mots from across the ages. Readers hungry for more from Luiselli will be happy with a clever variation on her style.

-- "Library Journal"

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

-- "Midwest Book Review"

A beautiful and quick moving story on the scenic route...Luiselli makes some bold explorations into the art of value and storytelling, and it's something that shouldn't go quietly into the night. We need to reflect, we need to explore. Many books have come and gone that have tried to make sense of the power of fiction, and A Story of My Teeth may be the closest we'll get...It's a gallery of thought. It's meant to be appreciated part for part. This is writing illuminated.

-- "Heavy Feather Review"