Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth : A Chronicle of Early Failure

By (author) Paul Auster


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Paul Auster's "Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure" is a fascinating and often funny memoir about his early years as a writer struggling to be published, and to make enough money to survive. Leaving high school with "itchy feet" and refusing to play it safe, Auster avoided convention and the double life of steady office employment while writing. From the streets of New York City, Dublin, and Paris to a surreal adventure in a dusty village in Mexico, Auster's account of living on next to nothing introduces an unforgettable cast of characters while examining what it means to be a writer.

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  • Paperback | 10 pages
  • 120.9 x 182.4 x 11.9mm | 122.47g
  • 01 Aug 2003
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0312422326
  • 9780312422325
  • 474,634

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Author Information

Paul Auster's previous novel, "Timbuktu," was a national bestseller, as was "I Thought My Father Was God, " the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. "The Book of Illusions" is his tenth novel.

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Delightful...A gracious and humane tale...One can only marvel at Auster's artistry--The Boston Sunday Globe "The Boston Sunday Globe "

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