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Cellophane by Marie Arana

Cellophane is set in the middle of the 20th century in the Peruvian rainforest. Don Victor is an engineer with a love of paper. He's also interested in the magical beliefs of the indigenous people. After the difficult births of his three children, attended by native witchmen, he decides to build a papermaking factory deep in the jungle and employ the natives. Despite all the odds, the factory is a success. When Don Victor discovers the recipe for making cellophane, everyone involved suddenly finds the urge to tell their truths, revealing past affairs, present lusts, and future longings. Don Victor's carefully constructed world, as well as family, begins to unfold among the true feelings revealed. Marie Arana's debut novel has received positive reviews with the San Francisco Chronicle saying, "And a joyously comic sensibility triumphs as the reader closes the pages to bask in the warmheartedness of this sunny and delightful tale."
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