Hand to Mouth

A Chronicle of Early Failure

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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HAND TO MOUTH
IN MY LATE twenties and early thirties, I went through a period of several years when everything I touched turned to failure. My marriage ended in divorce, my work as a writer foundered, and I was overwhelmed by money problems. I'm not just talking about an occasional shortfall or some periodic belt tightenings--but a constant, grinding, almost suffocating lack of money that poisoned my soul and kept me in a state of never-ending panic.There was no one to blame but myself. My relationship to money had always been flawed, enigmatic, full of contradictory impulses, and now I was

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“Delightful...A gracious and humane tale...One can only marvel at Auster’s artistry. —The Boston Sunday Globe

“Auster writes in a voice so clear, so mesmerizing, and so profound...[he] is unafraid of his own power, precisely because he has acknowledged humiliation’s alchemy, its way of letting words vibrate at whatever weird, golden velocity they wish, Hand to Mouth vibrates...beautiful.” —Wayne Koestenbaum, Bookforum

“Required, inspiring reading for Auster-holics and aspiring writers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging account of his early attempts to stay afloat as a writer...with a colorful cast of sharply etched characters who he meets along the way.” —Chicago Tribune

“As a cautionary tale for writers, this is a superb book.” —Publishers Weekly

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Paul Auster

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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Hand to Mouth
A Chronicle of Early Failure
Paul Auster

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
August 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312422325
ISBN10: 0312422326
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages
$16.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
August 2003
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ISBN: 9781466817647
ISBN10: 146681764X
176 pages
$7.99
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