The People of Paper (Paperback)

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"Resurrection. Mechanical tortoises. Magical realism. The powerful prophecies of a baby Nostradamus. A father-daughter immigration story all woven together with a mix of So-Cal/Mexican mythology. Amazing."

— Bryan


THE PEOPLE OF PAPER is an astonishing debut novel about the anguish of lost love. Author Salvador Plascencia, a "once-in-a-generation talent" (George Saunders), weaves together the stories of a large cast of colorful characters, including: a disgruntled monk, a father and daughter, a gang of carnation pickers, and a woman made of paper.

About the Author

SALVADOR PLASCENCIA was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Whittier College and holds an MFA from Syracuse University. A Los Angeles Times Bestseller A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2005 A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005

Praise For…


"Salvador Plascencia's surrealistic metanovel, styled a la García Márquez, is a charming meditation on the relationship between reader, author, and story line, filled with mythic imagery . . . and unforgettable personalities . . . Readers will find it hard to turn away from The People of Paper. A."--Entertainment Weekly

"A nervy new voice . . . Finally, beyond all the experimental devices, fairy-tale antics and fabulist inclination, Plascencia's novel is a story of lost love."--San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156032117
ISBN-10: 0156032112
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: November 13th, 2006
Pages: 256
Language: English