The Story of My Teeth
By Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)
Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney
(Coffee House Press)
Written in loose collaboration with workers in a Mexican juice factory, Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth has undergone further transformation in its English version, thanks to her own reworking of the “original” text, Christina McSweeney’s rollicking translation, and the addition of a “Chronologic” entirely of McSweeney’s design. Revolving around a series of fantastic auctions of the teeth of Gustavo “Highway” Sánchez Sánchez, the book swerves between genres, pulling references high and low seemingly out of thin air and weaving them into a tapestry of narrative threads, whose pace McSweeney matches with gusto.