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The Story of My Teeth by [Valeria Luiselli, Christina MacSweeney]
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Editorial Reviews


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.

-- ""

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"

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

-- "Bookanista"

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)"

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

-- ""

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"

Surprising and charming...It's difficult not to follow wherever it takes you.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed 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"

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)" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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

Christina MacSweeney has an MA in literary translation from the University of East Anglia. She has translated Valeria Luiselli's novel Faces in the Crowd and collection of essays, Sidewalks. She has also contributed to a wide variety of literary magazines and websites, including McSweeney's, Brick magazine, and Granta.

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.

Read by Thom Rivera, Dawn Harvey, Carol Monda, Hillary Huber, Bernadette Dunne, and Kyla Garcia

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B012LMM1G0
  • Publisher : Coffee House Press; Translation edition (September 7, 2015)
  • Publication date : September 7, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 46165 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 218 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 137 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Um romance mexicano colaborativo
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5.0 out of 5 stars A funny story that also makes you think about fiction
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