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When Truth Runs Rampant

Cellophane by Marie Arana

Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp
Christian Science Monitor

"Cellophane is the kind of substance that Arthur Weasley, bureaucrat in the Office of Muggle Affairs, goes gaga over: a utilitarian invention that people take completely for granted. In its leftover — wrapping incarnation, it's hard to think of a less magical kitchen staple — maybe paper towels or an old sponge. But this most common of objects is at the heart of all sorts of mystical mayhem in Cellophane, the debut novel of Marie Arana, author of the memoir American Chica and editor of the Washington Post Book World." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.

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One Response to "When Truth Runs Rampant"

    Eunice Riemer July 24th, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    This is the second review I've read of this book. The first was in The New York Times Book Review, and this is definitely superior. The reviewer pretty much sums up the plot. She emphasizes the humor and weirdness that I found on reading an excerpt. Magic realism is not her favorite genre, and it isn't mine either. However, on her recommendation, I think I might read "Cellophane", keeping in mind the few times the author stumbled.

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