Antoine Wilson “Mouth to Mouth” Book Discussion

Join in an in-person event with Antoine Wilson, author of “Mouth to Mouth.”


[In Conversation with David Ulin]
January 11 @ 6:30 pm
Diesel Bookstore
225 26th Street Suite 33
Santa Monica, California 90402
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[In Conversation with Daniel Handler]
January 13 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person Event: Green Apple Books
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Join in a virtual event with Antoine Wilson, author of “Mouth to Mouth.”


[In Conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld]
January 18 @ 6:00 pm
Interabang Books
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[In Conversation with Elizabeth McCracken]
January 20 @ 7:00 pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore
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About the Author:

Antoine Wilson is the author of the novels Panorama City and The Interloper. His work has appeared in The Paris ReviewStoryQuarterlyBest New American Voices, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and he is a contributing editor of A Public Space. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recipient of a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, he lives in Los Angeles. His website is:

About the Book:

“An enthralling literary puzzle…This powerful, intoxicating book’s greatest tension is that we have no idea where it is heading.” —The New York Times

A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “sleek, swift, and graceful” novel “with unexpectedly sharp teeth” (Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author).

In a first-class lounge at JFK airport, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate he only vaguely remembers, shares the uncanny story of his adult life—a life that changed course years before, the moment he resuscitated a drowning man.

Jeff reveals that after that traumatic, galvanizing morning on the beach, he was compelled to learn more about the man whose life he had saved, convinced that their fates were now entwined. But are we agents of our fate—or are we its pawns? Upon discovering that the man is renowned art dealer Francis Arsenault, Jeff begins to surreptitiously visit his Beverly Hills gallery. Although Francis does not seem to recognize him as the man who saved his life, he nevertheless casts his legendary eye on Jeff and sees something worthy. He takes the younger man under his wing, initiating him into his world, where knowledge, taste, and access are currency; a world where value is constantly shifting and calling into question what is real, and what matters. The paths of the two men come together and diverge in dizzying ways until the novel’s staggering ending.

Sly, suspenseful, and engrossing, Mouth to Mouth masterfully blurs the line between opportunity and exploitation, self-respect and self-delusion, fact and fiction—exposing the myriad ways we deceive each other, and ourselves.

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