"The Story of My Teeth," by Valeria Luiselli

Novel, 2015

A novel about an auctioneer who loses his teeth when he’s robbed of everything he has, and the lives of those around him. This is a book whose narrative and conception are acutely self-referential, which cuts the flow, though doesn’t entirely bring things to a halt. A bold work which only half comes off – there’s much to admire, but the book has a fairly cold feel, as if the reader’s being led a little too far, then pushed back. Experimental and worthy; not always the most entertaining.

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