Valeria Luiselli’s Book Club at the Jumex Factory

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To write her new novel, The Story of My Teeth, Valeria Luiselli got ongoing book club feedback from workers at the Jumex factory featured in the novel. Over at Broadly, Luiselli talks to Lauren Oyler about her process, a childhood spent moving, and how to use—rather than abuse—the personal in essays:

I think that maybe there is too much emphasis on voice, especially when writing personal essays, and less care [with] a gaze, a way of saying. But it’s not always interesting. I look, in an essay, more for the gaze looking at the world than [for] a gaze looking at [oneself].


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