Mouth to Mouth: ‘Gripping... Shades of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt’ Vogue

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Mouth to Mouth: ‘Gripping... Shades of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt’ Vogue

Mouth to Mouth: ‘Gripping... Shades of Patricia Highsmith and Donna Tartt’ Vogue

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I didn’t mention that I was traveling on my own dime, hoping to capitalize on a German magazine’s labeling me a “cult author. Put together a list of other novels that explore art, identity, corruption, and the tangled webs we weave, and discuss how these selections connect to Mouth to Mouth. Jeff is attempting to paint himself as a great person for saving a man’s life, but the narrator asks to what end did he want to be a part of the dealer’s life? Wilson’s vivid description, stunning characterization, and insightful exploration of morality culminate in an unforgettable book.

Spotting someone in difficulties, he went to the rescue of the swimmer who almost seemed to register him before being whisked off to hospital. Well, Jeff is so successful that he has access to the first-class lounge and invites the narrator to wait out the flight with him in the luxury of first-class. A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “powerful, intoxicating, and shocking” ( The New York Times) novel that’s a “slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith” ( Oprah Daily). I’m happy to say that this novel lived up to the its longlisting draw – it started off slow, but it slowly picked up momentum and suspense until I was shocked and pleased by the ending. He had undergone surgery recently, nothing serious, or not life-threatening at least, but he had ended up terrified that he wouldn’t wake up again.But once I realized the narrator is irrelevant and the whole point of the story is Jeff’s weird experience, I settled into the story. Cook stalks Arsenault, discovering he is a wealthy art dealer, and has a clandestine meetings with a mistress. Their lives appear to be eerily interconnected—and the narrative Jeff spins blurs the lines between fiction and reality. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices, among other publications, and he is a contributing editor of A Public Space. I’d said it before and meant it every time, but people always took it as an expression of false modesty.

These moments make the narrative flow more dynamic and remind readers that they are listening to a story just as much as they are reading a text.Once stagnant, Jeff becomes fixated on the person he will learn is Francis Arsenault, a notorious, high-powered art dealer in Beverly Hills. Consider if, instead of the narrator mediating Jeff’s story, Wilson wrote Mouth to Mouth only from Jeff’s perspective.

After some small talk, Cook invites the man to wait out the delay with him in the first-class lounge. Waiting for a flight at JFK airport lounge, two former classmates reunite, and one of them, Jeff Cook goes into a storytelling mode and shares a story that he has never told before.

Perhaps if I’d been paying closer attention, or if I’d known what was to come, I’d have detected a glimmer of desperation in his eyes. While waiting for a delayed flight to Berlin, Jeff bumped into an old acquaintance from UCLA and the two spent the downtime in the First Class Lounge—Jeff’s treat. Why is he telling someone he barely knows, an acquaintance from college 20 years ago, this personal story he's never told anyone else? He discovers this man is a wealthy, famous art collector named Francis Arsenault, and much to his own surprise, Jeff becomes curious about Francis’s life, and begins to follow him around to learn more about the man he saved.

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