Mouth to Mouth

Mouth to Mouth


JANUARY 11, 2022


Mouth to Mouth:

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:

“[An] enthralling literary puzzle… Wilson is a gorgeous writer, pulling you in and compelling you to keep reading. The story, and the story-within-the-story — the twists and turns, the attention lavished on motivation and emotion, the efforts to rationalize or at least explain strange or unsavory behavior — recall the cool prose of Paul Auster… This powerful, intoxicating book’s greatest tension is that we have no idea where it is heading, right up to the shocking final sentence.”

Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

“[A] propulsive… page-turner… A deliciously nasty morality play in the guise of a thriller.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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

“Antoine Wilson has written a stunner of a novel. Mouth to Mouth shook and thrilled me from the first page to the last.”

Daniel Alarcón, author of The King is Always Above the People and At Night We Walk in Circles

“A fascinating contemporary twist on the classic ‘as told to’ novel, Mouth To Mouth strands two old accquaintances in an airport VIP lounge, where we are alternately charmed and alarmed by a fantastic tale of love, fate and a meteoric rise in the art world. Mesmerizing.”

Janet Fitch, author of Chimes of a Lost Cathedral and Paint It Black.

Mouth to Mouth is that rarity, a perfect narrative machine, working by its own laws. The cool nervous clarity of the prose enmeshes the reader in a trap of complicity, one snapping shut on narrator and reader at the same instant. Bravo.”

Jonathan Lethem, author of The Arrest and The Feral Detective.