COMING JANUARY 2022 FROM AVID READER PRESS (SIMON & SCHUSTER)
Mouth to Mouth, A Novel
A successful art dealer confesses the story of his rise to a former classmate in an airport bar – a story that begins with his rescue and resuscitation of a drowning man, with whom he will become inextricably linked, to disturbing ends.
With Highsmithian undertones and propulsive pacing, Mouth to Mouth raises big questions—about accountability, identity, morality and fate—in a story both profound and compulsively readable.
Early Praise for Mouth to Mouth:
“Wilson’s Mouth To Mouth is the best book I’ve read in ages. Narratively ingenious, delicately written, intriguingly plotted, it is literature of the highest quality. I see you now, dear Reader, with this novel in your hand and already losing track of time….”
Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Less
“Antoine Wilson has written a spellbinding novel of laserlike insight and exquisite technique that reveals how stories can function to conceal other stories. I read this book in one rapturous sitting, jotting down line after line, riveted until the final shocking, clarifying sentence.”
Sarah Manguso, author of Ongoingness and 300 Arguments
“Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth is sleek, swift, and graceful, an agile novel of ideas with unexpectedly sharp teeth.”
Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Matrix
“The sinewy and mesmerizing narrative of Antoine Wilson’s masterful novel aims straight at the heart of the mythologized self, which, like the world of art and commerce that provides the story’s backdrop, trades in all forms of performance and deception. Not unlike the novel itself, which asks us to believe and doubt and then believe again within the space of a single sentence. Wilson’s on a high wire and he never makes a wrong move.”
Marisa Silver, author of Little Nothing and The Mysteries
“Compulsively readable. This austere and addictive novel interrogates the very nature of identity, destiny and storytelling.”
Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son