Everything you need to understand or teach The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia.
This complex, multi-textured tapestry of character, theme, and style tells several stories, many of which are defined by experiences of sadness, grief, and loss. As the characters struggle to find ways of dealing with the absences in their lives, they also struggle to deal with an unwanted presence: that of someone, a being or a watcher of some kind, that seems to them to be controlling and manipulative. Eventually, as the characters and the mysterious “being” come to new respect and understanding of each other, they all find a new sense of freedom. Other themes explored relate to experiences of addiction, experiences of interconnectedness, and the frailty of life and existence.