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.
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.
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.