Nominated by:

New York Public Library, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Coffee House Press, USA

Published in the UK by Granta

The Story of My Teeth

Valeria Luiselli    

Translated from the original Spanish by Christina MacSweeney

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.

(from publisher)

About the Author

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.

Librarian’s Comments

An offbeat meditation about the value we place on things. Gustavo/Highway auctions off his teeth claiming they are from the mouths of famous philosophers and writers such a Plato and Virginia Woolf. He uses the money to by a new set of teeth professed to belong to Marilyn Monroe. The Story of My Teeth is a singular and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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