An Indonesian woman hand-rolls cigarettes at a factory in East Java. The tobacco industry is the backdrop to the novel Cigarette Girl. Photo: Reuters

Review: Cigarette Girl – love, cloves and enmity in post-war Indonesia

The story of two Javanese cigarette-making families is also one of secrets and discoveries, and for readers beyond Indonesia it offers fascinating glimpses of the country’s recent history and its people’s ways

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An Indonesian woman hand-rolls cigarettes at a factory in East Java. The tobacco industry is the backdrop to the novel Cigarette Girl. Photo: Reuters
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