The Story of My Teeth

A novel by Valeria Luiselli

Bon vivant, world traveler, auctioneer—the story of Highway and his teeth is like Johnny Cash meets Robert Walser in Mexico.

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September 2015
5.5 x 8.25 | 192 Pages
Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-56689-409-8.

$16.95

Description

Highway is a late-in-life world traveller, 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 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 YorkerGranta, 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.

Reviews

Praise for the Story of My Teeth

Finalist for Three PercentBest Translated Book Award in Fiction

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction 

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for The Morning News Tournament of Books

Longlisted for Best Translated Book Award in Fiction

Publishers Weekly, “Best Books of 2015″

Kirkus, “Best Literary Fiction of 2015”

BuzzFeed, “34 Of The Most Beautiful Book Covers Of 2015”

New York Times Sunday Book Review, “100 Notable Books of 2015”

NPR’s Book Concierge, “Our Guide To 2015’s Great Reads”

The Story of My Teeth is a novel as playful as it is profound.”The Believer Logger, “Our Favorite Books from 2015”

“Q: Whom would you want to write your life story? A: Valeria Luiselli” —The New York Times “By the Book: Alvaro Enrigue”

The Story of My Teeth is more than just a novel . . . as all novels that impact our lives are. It is a testament to not only the work that goes into translation, but also to the value of storytelling in a world that sometimes seems to commodify authenticity through our all-access lifestyle.”Three Percent, “Valeria Luiselli and the Transformative Power of Translated Storytelling”

“[The Story of My Teeth] was a joy to read.”—Kaaterskill Basin Literary

“Forms and genres collide in this often hilarious experimental fiction from one of our most consistent young writers.”—Flavorwire, “The 50 Best Independent Press Books from 2015”

“Playfully brilliant.”BuzzFeed, “The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015”

Weird Fiction Review, “End of Year Book List” Lincoln Michel recommends The Story of My Teeth

“Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is a brilliant fable from one of the most talented storytellers writing today.”—Largehearted Boy, “Favorite novels of 2015”

The Strand, “Our Favorite Indie Books of 2015”

Entropy, “Best of 2015: Best Fiction Books”

Huffington Post, “The 18 Best Fiction Books of 2015”

Electric Literature, “Electric Literature’s Best Novels of 2015”

“This boggling and enchanting collaborative novel about a man who believes he has had Marilyn Monroe’s literal teeth implanted into his mouth began as a bit of art gallery catalog copy sponsored by a large juice company.”—National Post (Canada), “The NP99” best books round-up”

San Francisco Chronicle, “Best of 2015: 100 Recommended Books”

“It’s not every writer who is brave enough to share stage in her own work with her translator—and a group of employees at a juice factory—but Valeria Luiselli’s got balls as well as serious talent.”—Brightest Young Things, “Best Books of 2015” recommendation from Upshur Books

Brazos Bookstore, “Best of the Best – 2015”

Subtext Books, “Best Books of 2015: Last Minute Shopper Edition”

Green Apple Books, “Our Favorite Books of 2015”

Los Angeles Times, “Holiday books: 56 fabulous works of fiction and poetry”

LitHub, “The Best Overlooked Books of 2015 According to the NBCC”

The Fader, “What The Best Authors Of 2015 Read This Year”

Medium, “2015: A Year in Books”

Bustle, “25 Book Gifts For Every Type Of Book Nerd In Your Life”

Edmonton Journal (Canada), “Michael Hingston looks back at his most memorable reads of 2015”

Newtonville Books Holiday Gift Guide

NBC News “Ten Great Latino Books Published in 2015”

“One of the most unforgettable images in any book this year is that of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sánchez Sánchez, the protagonist of Luiselli’s delightfully unclassifiable novel, walking around the streets of Mexico City, smiling at people with the teeth of Marilyn Monroe installed in his mouth . . . surprising and charming . . . It’s difficult not to follow wherever it takes you.”Publishers Weekly, *starred and boxed review*

“Though playful and unruly, her fiction feels surprisingly warm and old-fashioned.”—Kirkus, cover feature

“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, starred review

“Luiselli follows in the imaginative tradition of writers like Borges and Márquez, 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

The Story of My Teeth is an elegant, witty romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli’s own literary influences.”Shelf Awareness

“[The Story of My Teeth] is brilliant, and has a great story; it began as a commissioned work written in collaboration with workers at a Jumex juice factory in Mexcio.”Publishers Weekly

“There’s big buzz from booksellers around a small press hit, translated from the Spanish, The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House, Sept.) by Valeria Luiselli. Jeremy Garber, events coordinator, Powell’s in Portland, Ore., casts a vote for The Story of My Teeth. ‘It’s dazzling, it’s tremendous.’” Publishers Weekly

The Story of My Teeth is a rich, provocative meditation on authenticity, heritage and personality.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“This highly inventive novel is narrated by a garrulous auctioneer who invents “hypertrue” stories for the objects he sells. . . . a work of immense charm and originality, written in vivid, witty prose.” —The New Yorker

“Training as an auctioneer, Highway hopes these and other skills will help him find the perfect set of teeth. If that sounds like an odd plot, I can only promise you that things get delightfully odder. . . . Luiselli’s novel arrives in the United States from tiny Coffee House Press with considerable momentum behind it.”The Guardian

“Luiselli’s unstintingly imaginative tale perhaps works as a parable for the way works accrue value in the art world.”—The Guardian (UK)

“Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth, translated by Christina MacSweeney, is the most inventive and invigorating book I have read this year. . . . It manages to be intelligent and experimental without an ounce of pretension.”Three Percent

“Besides its engaging characters and plot, there’s the equally compelling backstory of this book, which Luiselli wrote in collaboration with employees of Mexico’s Jumex, an industrial giant that produces and distributes juice.”The Guardian

“Prefigured by her excellent book of essays, Sidewalks, The Story of My Teeth is playful, attentive and very smart without being for a minute pretentious. It’s Walter Benjamin without tears—sunnier, more casual and more nimble.”The New York Times Sunday Book Review

“This giddy, witty, idiosyncratic novel . . . is a jubilant celebration of the act of storytelling. . . Ms. Luiselli persuasively suggests that our lives would be empty vessels, hardly worth bidding on, without the “stories that give them value and meaning.”Wall Street Journal

The Story of My Teeth’s playful re-contextualizations and detours are bound to leave you puzzled at some point—perhaps even many. . . . the book is a delightfully weird meander into art, salesmanship, Mexican culture, and experimental dentistry.” Beijing Bookworm

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.”—NPR

“The story of Luiselli’s teeth is positively constructive, even warm. Instead of collapsing and decomposing fragments, The Story of My Teeth reaches toward a world composed of fragments, the creative process which Highway calls — in a moment of clarity — a “postcapitalist, radical recycling . . . that would save the world from its existential condition as the garbage can of history.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Although buoyant, Luiselli’s work never seems flippant, perhaps because of her precise prose style . . . Linear at first glance, it soon opens out into a world of stories, like a mouth with one tooth from every artist in the world.”Chicago Tribune

“[The Story of My Teeth is] proof that Valeria Luiselli is one of the most exciting new writers working today.”Los Angeles Times

“This charmingly slippery slip of a book, packed with fantastical allusions, reminds us that the world’s great stories can be ours for a very reasonable price.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

“A perfectly defined universe”—Clash

“If her novel is a map, the route it will suggest for a reader who possesses few existing landmarks to Mexican culture will be quite different than that laid out for a reader with many, firmly planted ones. But maybe those routes will all lead to a similar place – one of shared enjoyment, if not shared concerns about a particular place, a Mexico made more of fiction than of fact.”Americas Quarterly

“What Highway (and Luiselli) is really hawking is fantasy, a sort of shared experience of faith in the improbable – the art of storytelling, essentially, to which The Story of My Teeth pays manic veneration.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Wonderful, unusual…”—The Paris Review Daily

The Story of My Teeth defies classification, and underscores the power of storytelling and the importance of reading.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

“This boggling and enchanting collaborative novel about a man who believes he has had Marilyn Monroe’s literal teeth implanted into his mouth began as a bit of art gallery catalog copy sponsored by a large juice company.”—National Post (Canada)

“In a delicately layered, wryly funny fashion, Luiselli is exploring the actual value of telling made-up stories.”Huffington Post

“[The Story of My Teeth is] hotly anticipated and promises to be playful, sharp, profound, and utterly unusual.”Huffington Post

“When reading it, I had no idea of where it was going, in the best possible way. I mean I felt like it encompassed such a wide shift in tone. There were comic moments; there were incredibly tragic moments; there were surreal moments.”—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Luiselli riffs on art, literature, and city life; the result is a warm, deeply unpredictable, and very humanistic novel, with a fascinatingly memorable character at its heart.”—Men’s Journal

“As strange and beautiful as the novel itself is the backstory to its creation — a tale that involves a juice factory, a world-class art collection, and a rather unlikely collaboration.”—Studio 360

“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.”The National (UK)

“As Mexico takes centre stage at London’s Book Fair Matthew Sweet talks to two of the country’s award-winning writers. Valeria Luiselli’s new novel 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

“Luiselli’s delightfully bizarre novel follows Highway, a world traveler and renowned auctioneer, who collects teeth — specifically, the teeth of influential thinkers, like Plato, Marilyn Monroe and Virginia Woolf.” MPR, ”Minnesota publishers make their mark with National Book Critics Circle Award finalists”
“It’s not every writer who is brave enough to share the stage in her own work with her translator – and a group of employees at a juice factory – but Valeria Luiselli’s got balls as well as serious talent.”—Brightest Young Things

“Luiselli offers a bright new voice in fiction, exploring the role of story in art through her quirky protagonist, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez . . . . Playing with different ways to tell story, The Story of My Teeth is sly, endearing, refreshing, and ever broadening.”—Bookshop Santa Cruz

The Story of My Teeth will leave you wanting more of Luiselli’s sense of humor and grace, her perfect ear for entertainment and epiphany. But more importantly, this novel will change the way you look at writing and stories—and will reveal that in the end, what is imagined is as important as anything else.”—BookPage

“Wonderful and strange, The Story of My Teeth transgresses against straightforward storytelling by witnessing and remixing to make something so fresh and new that it defies easy description. Just know that it dazzles on every page. I love this book.”—Brazos Bookstore

“[The Story of My Teeth] reminds us of the power and sway of great stories, especially those we tell ourselves that, by sheer persistence, we come to believe!”—Green Apple Books on Park

“The hero of this ambitious fun-house of a novel set in Mexico is Gustave ‘Highway’ Sanchez Sanchez, an auctioneer, journeyman, and fabulist who’s had Marilyn Monroe’s teeth implanted in his mouth. Chew on that.”—O Magazine

“If you’ve found yourself in a reading rut, this just might be one of the most interesting books you have yet to read.”—Princeton Library

“Luiselli has proven in both her novels that she’s willing to break novelistic conventions to simultaneously tell and deconstruct her stories. If you don’t mind some post-postmodernism with your misadventures, The Story of My Teeth is well worth bidding on.”—PANK

“Shuttling between the quotidian and the transcendent, between the earthly and the intellectual, all the while disrupting those very tenuous categories, is precisely what makes The Story of My Teeth so engaging.”—Slant Magazine

“A fundamental openness and curiosity make Luiselli’s work fresh and exciting. She is serious in her engagement with art, literature, and society without being arrogant or sententious—she is part of all those games, and is happy to acknowledge it.”World Literature Today

“The following exchange, which typifies Luiselli’s willingness to lay bare artifice and to expose ‘the many layers of its making,’ captures the spirit of her work – and the charm of the writer herself.”—The White Review 

“Luiselli’s book is often hilarious, witty, wry, cynical and mean in a good, iconoclastic way.”—Open Letters Monthly

“A refreshing book, with a great sense of humor and an askew glance at storytelling.”—Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

The Story of My Teeth ends up containing the truths and delusions of a fabulist, elements of the picaresque, unresolved preoccupations, wonderful asides, and a whole house of mirrors constructed with so much mirth and skill that it seems to avoid the glumly highbrow label of ‘postmodernism.’”Words without Borders

The Story of My Teeth . . . is a work of art meant to be viewed front and back, up and down, backward and forward. It should be the level of translation that the future looks forward to, it is truly a rare treat.”Heavy Feather

“You don’t have to be a surrealist to appreciate this book. You can just marvel that what Luiselli calls a “collective ‘novel-essay’ about the production of value and meaning in contemporary art and literature” also happens to be a genuinely delightful read.”Slate

“At most every turn, in fact, The Story of My Teeth breaks faith with the prevailing notion of a collaborative work as a sideline and asserts itself as a fleet, allusive, often humorous novel-essay. . . The Story of My Teeth excels as a fiction because it is committed to its allegorical project without becoming high-handed, but also because it puts the reader and the author on the same level, in the space of two minds who shape a story, who translate each other in order to unite.”Flavorwire

The Story of My Teeth has a Joycean playfulness with words, events, structure, literary theory, languages (not always translated), and human nature.”—Midwest Book Review

“Luiselli’s experiment pays off handsomely here as she shares her stories and involves her audience in creating them, and her imagination and intelligence make them a delight for readers. For those readers who may wonder where a form like the novel can go next and how much it can change without losing its way, Valeria Luiselli’s latest effort shows one way.”—Mary Whipple Reviews

“Playfully brilliant.”—BuzzFeed

“Forms and genres collide in this often hilarious experimental fiction from one of our most consistent young writers.”—Flavorwire

“Unlike anything in contemporary US fiction, The Story of My Teeth — as the unforgettable protagonist ‘Highway’ explains — is composed of ‘hyperbolics, parabolics, circulars, allegorics, and elliptics.’”—Flavorwire

The Story of My Teeth is a testament to eccentricity, to the willed inclusion of a discourse that Highway considers to be ‘infinite’ in its permutation sand ‘illuminated’ in the resplendence of its references. If eccentricity is deviation from a known curve, then Luiselli has created an exceptional ‘novel-essay’ that irradiates beyond the orthodoxies of literary genre.”Frieze

“Readers hungry for more from Luiselli will be happy with this clever variation on her style.”Library Journal

“Like her previous books, the novel Faces in the Crowd and the essay collection Sidewalks, this is a rich, eccentric, innovative work, and is sure to add to the author’s swiftly growing list of accolades.”Rain Taxi

“[The Story of My Teeth is] clear and entertaining even as it blurs the lines between fiction, history, and social commentary. The result is a book that isn’t exactly a novel, but something more entertaining.”The Portland Mercury

“A lovely, spare and playful voice . . . The Story of My Teeth is guided by an exceptional, memorable intelligence.”The Rumpus

“It’s one of those compelling reads that you wish your friends were reading, a narrative steeped in wonder, propelled by heartbreaking characters.”—Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“Valeria Luiselli’s writing blends fact and fiction, taking the mundane (such as looking in the mirror) and imbuing it with new significance.”—The Rumpus

“Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is a brilliant fable from one of the most talented storytellers writing today.”Largehearted Boy

“The ever inventive, always incisive Valeria Luiselli presents a mosaic of fable, comedy, drama, and essay.”Largehearted Boy

The Story of My Teeth is unlike anything you’ve ever read. With this brilliant, weird, zany second novel, Luiselli has solidified her place as one of the most interesting and imaginative minds putting words on paper today.”—Porter Square Books

“The afterword of Valeria Luiselli’s quixotic narrative, The Story of My Teeth, provides a number of insightful questions as to how readers can approach her novel. . . . These questions are important because of what has unfolded in Luiselli’s novel but also because of her concern that art is often collaboration rather than individual creation.”Counterpunch

“[The Story of My Teeth is] a book that treats literature as an open-ended atlas and joyfully embraces the strange, dreamlike nature of chance meetings.”Irish Times, “The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli review: quite a postmodern mouthful”
 
“Luiselli turns a simple story about a juice factory security guard turned auctioneer into a wonderfully structured and beautifully written piece of art.”San Francisco Book Review
 
“Packed with dead-pan humor, enigmatic literary references and wildly original writing.” Lively Arts

The Story of My Teeth is a great read. The writing is equal parts elegant and chatty, with a great sense of humor.”The Millions

“Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is the most likable book this year. Don’t misunderstand: likeable doesn’t mean it isn’t brilliant or original or genre-defying or any of those other great things because, indeed, it is all of those things. But it’s also Luiselli’s inventiveness, the pure joy she takes in the act of storytelling, that makes this novel so exuberant.”—Brazos Bookstore

“The language seldom draws attention to itself, yet occasionally bursts into pyrotechnics. . . Highway emerges as an unexpectedly persuasive character, one who lingers in the reader’s imagination.”Necessary Fiction

The Story of My Teeth is an intelligent and highly funny experiment of a novel. . . . With its manifold textures, a structure reminiscent of early Michael Ondaatje, and a thoroughly entertaining, Walser-esque protagonist in Highway Sánchez, The Story of My Teeth marks another leap forward in Luiselli’s already stunning career.”3:AM Magazine

“Can I also hail the charms and acute understanding of the Mexican art of bullshitting found in Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth?”—Vue Weekly

“It’s easy to see why Valeria Luiselli was chosen by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35 Honorees. Within just a few paragraphs of her new novel, The Story of My Teeth, you’ll be completely drawn into the weird and wonderful world of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sánchez Sánchez. This captivating story is filled with memorable characters and situations, but what is even more intriguing is the background story of how this work was written in collaboration with workers at a Jumex juice factory in Mexico City.”—Shawn Donley, Powell’s Books

“I am so very excited about this book. Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd was one of my favorites last year. Legend has it, Luiselli wrote The Story of My Teeth with help from workers at a Jumex juice factory in Mexico.”—BookRiot

“It’s absurd and brilliant.”—BookRiot

“[Luiselli writes:] ‘Something in me resists the ground.’ It is precisely this resistance which means Luiselli’s work remains airborne, impossible to categorize and ultimately so refreshing.”Lit Hub

“[Luiselli's] new novel deals playfully with the literary past, reframing famous writers as the relatives of our narrator (Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez, or Highway as he is known) giving them strange new resonances.”Lit Hub

“Luiselli, a darling of independent booksellers everywhere, is an exuberant writer and Sánchez is one of the singular literary creations of our time. I fucking love this book.”Lit Hub

“With this brilliant, weird, zany second novel, Luiselli has solidified her place as one of the most interesting and imaginative minds putting words on paper today.”Lit Hub

“Wonderful and strange, The Story of My Teeth transgresses against straightforward storytelling by witnessing and remixing to make something so fresh and new that it defies easy description. Just know that it dazzles on every page.”Lit Hub

“Reading Valeria Luiselli is a bit like walking through a beautiful, charming, bursting used bookstore.” LitHub

“[In The Story of My Teeth] other writers are a constant presence…as both high comedy and building blocks for a new kind of literature.”Electric Literature

“Valeria Luiselli is smarter than all of us.”Broadly

“Luiselli thrills with her kaleidoscopic mix of narrative styles, metafictional riffs and Borgesian fantasy, and delivers a comic ‘dental autobiography’ and a shrewd meditation on the worth of art and literature.”Star Tribune

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

“Author of three books that cross the generic border between fiction and essay, Luiselli has configured her work as a Duchampian boîte-en-valise within which the spectral echoes of literary and artistic avant-gardes enter into a distinctly contemporary dialogue.”Flash Art

“Luiselli’s charming, funny, and moving novel transcends this dental narrative, and is, at its heart, a profound commentary on the power of storytelling, both as a creative force and a way to instil value. Humorous and heartbreaking.”The Quarterly Conversation

“Smart, whimsical and thought-provoking.”Full Stop

“Luiselli marvelously redefines the relationship between author and audience. An absolutely unique, truly absurd must-read.”Booklist

“Finishing The Story of My Teeth will leave you wanting more of Luiselli’s sense of humor and grace, her perfect ear for entertainment and epiphany. But more importantly, this novel will change the way you look at writing and stories—and will reveal that in the end, what is imagined is as important as anything else.”BookPage

“The story is engaging and cleverly written. It adeptly balances an intellectually complex subject with a well-crafted story about an eccentric yet likable character. Though replete with cultural/artistic/philosophical/literary referential content, it is never pretentious. For all its density, it is an incredibly easy and fun read.”—Fields Magazine

The Story of My Teeth is a discursive, jesting novel that will reward your reading by lighting up the part of the brain where thoughtfulness enjoys itself without requiring the net profit of knowledge.”—On The Seawall

“With this brilliant weird, zany second novel. Luiselli has solidified her place as one of the most interesting and imaginative minds putting words on paper today.”—Porter Square Books

“Valeria Luiselli’s second novel The Story of My Teeth is a fiercely intelligent, inventive and hilarious exploration of worth, value and creation in the worlds of art and literature.”Bookanista (UK)

“The protagonist, Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez Sanchez is an odd but lovable auctioneer, the best in the business, whose many pastimes include collecting the teeth of bygone celebrities … you shouldn’t miss it.” —Bustle

“The story behind Luiselli’s novel is almost as compelling as the work itself. The novel began as a commissioned work for an art gallery owned by a juice company outside of Mexico City. Luiselli’s work was to be included in the catalog of an exhibition and she chose to write a novel in installments. . . . To say more would spoil the joy of Highway’s story and the unwrapping of the many layers of Luiselli’s wholly original book.”—Kramerbooks

“With wondrous prose, Luiselli explores the relationships we have to the objects in our lives, as well as the context of their worth. Bursting with imagination, playfulness, and good-natured invention, The Story of My Teeth is a letter to stories and the profound act of telling them.”—Brazos Bookstore, “#BrazosBest Picks for September” picked by Mark Haber

“This book is full of cheap fortunes. Fortune cookies abound, bookending each chapter. Naturally, these fortunes can be quite lengthy—huge cookies, as it were (we are at a buffet, no?). Fortunes assembled by selling other fortunes. While the material is cheap, it is the language that gives them value. In other words, the protagonist is rich in language. A lavish way of saying—full of shit.”Minor Literatures

“An intoxicating and perfectly bizarre story that intertwines fact and fiction to explore the value of art, objects, stories, and a life. . . check her out if you like Roberto Bolano, Haruki Murakami, or Salvador Plascencia!”Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry

“Valeria Luiselli’s twisting, elegantly eccentric novel follows the story of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sánchez, an auctioneer with a simple goal: to replace all of his teeth with new ones. . . . If that’s not strange enough for you, the novel has an equally unusual origin story: Luiselli wrote the novel in collaboration with workers from the Jumex juice factory.”—KQED

“Set in Mexico City, [The Story of My Teeth] was written in collaboration with Jumex Factory Staff — which is a story in and of itself.”The Millions

“A quirky instant classic. . . Meet your new favorite writer.”—Flyleaf Books

“All writers love to write. It wouldn’t be worth it if we didn’t. Very few writers, however, find a way to demonstrate that love at all and even fewer do it so overtly, so joyously, and so, well, delightfully, as Valeria Luiselli does in The Story of My Teeth.”In Order of Importance

Praise for Valeria Luiselli:

“Valeria Luiselli’s lovely and eccentric first novel is . . . peppered with arresting imagery.”New York Times

“[A] lovely and mysterious first novel . . . the multilayered book she has devised brings freshness and excitement to such complex inquiries.”Wall Street Journal

“Luiselli’s haunting debut novel . . . erodes the concrete borders of everyday life with a beautiful, melancholy contemplation of disappearance.”Publishers Weekly, boxed review

“Luiselli crafts beautiful sentences, while gleefully thumbing her nose at novelistic conventions. All that makes her an exciting and essential voice on the Latin American literary landscape.”Los Angeles Times

“The Story of My Teeth Luiselli, whose bold and original work breathes new life into the novel 400 years after the death of Cervantes.”—NBCC’s Critical Mass

“Luiselli shows a deep love for cities in her books. I feel drawn to her writing… Her essays make me want to slide on my boots and explore unknown pavements. I’m never alone when I’m part of the crowd.”The Lifted Brow, Australia