Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli is a Mexican author known for her works of fiction and essays. She has received critical acclaim for her novels such as 'The Story of My Teeth' and 'Lost Children Archive'. Her writing often explores themes of migration, displacement, and identity.


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  1. 1. Lost Children Archive

    "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli is a novel that follows a family on a road trip from New York to Arizona. The parents are documentarians and are working on separate projects, while the children are preoccupied with their own interests. As they travel, the family becomes increasingly aware of the migrant crisis and the children's obsession with finding lost things takes on a new meaning. The novel explores themes of family, identity, and the power of storytelling.

    The 3744th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions

    This book is a powerful exploration of the critical issue of child immigration, focusing on the experiences of Central American children who arrive in the United States without their parents. The narrative is structured around 40 questions that the author, as a court interpreter, must ask the children to help determine their fate. The book provides a deeply personal and moving account of the human stories behind the ongoing debate over immigration and asylum laws.

    The 7331st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Story Of My Teeth

    "The Story of My Teeth" is a unique and imaginative novel centered around Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, a world-traveling auctioneer with a penchant for storytelling and a set of teeth he claims once belonged to Marilyn Monroe. Set in Mexico City, the narrative unfolds through a series of bizarre and humorous episodes, where Highway auctions off not just objects, but stories about them, enhancing their value through his inventive tales. The novel explores themes of identity, value, and the power of narrative, blending elements of philosophy, dental history, and literary theory, all while questioning the nature of truth and the art of storytelling.

    The 10835th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Sidewalks

    "Sidewalks" is a collection of essays that delve into the themes of urban spaces, memory, and identity through the lens of the author's experiences in different cities around the world. The narrative weaves together personal reflections, literary criticism, and philosophical musings, offering a unique perspective on the ways in which the physical landscapes of cities intersect with the internal landscapes of our minds. Through her explorations of sidewalks, cemeteries, and other urban spaces, the author invites readers to consider the profound connections between place, history, and the self, making this work a thoughtful meditation on the nature of belonging and the transient essence of life.

    The 11268th Greatest Book of All Time