Author(s): Valeria Luiselli
Gustavo 'Turnpike' Sanchez is a man with a mission: he is planning to replace every last one of his unsightly teeth. Studying auctioneering under Grandmaster Oklahoma and the famous country singer Leroy Van Dyke, Highway travels the world, amassing his collection of 'collectibles' and perfecting his own specialty: the allegoric auction. In his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites, he finds unusual ways to raise the funds, culminating in the sale of the jewels of his collection: the teeth of the 'notorious infamous' - Plato, Petrarch, Chesterton, Virginia Woolf et al. 'The Story of My Teeth' is an idiosyncratic journey that offers an insightful meditation on value, worth and creation, and the points at which they overlap.
Join Gustavo 'Highway' Sanchez - a man with a mouth full of bad teeth and a life full of stories - on his quest for a perfect set of pearly whites
Shortlisted for International Dublin Literary Award 2017.
VALERIA LUISELLI was born in Mexico City in 1983 and is currently studying for a PhD at Columbia University. Her work has been published in the New York Times, McSweeney's and Dazed Confused, and has been translated into many languages. Her debut novel was Faces in the Crowd and she is also the author of a collection of essays, Sidewalks.