Anthony Marra Writing Styles in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra
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Point of View

The story is written in third person from an omniscient perspective. However, each chapter is limited in perspective to the characters that appear in that chapter, meaning the reader knows only what those characters know at that time. For example, Sonja appears in several of the chapters throughout the book and she is driven by he desire to know what happened to her sister, Natasha. The reader sees some of Natasha's early actions but doesn't see her inner thoughts until late in the book when a chapter is presented from her perspective. It's only then that the reader learns that she died even before Akhmed took Havaa to Sonja. The reader also learns at that point that Natasha was connected to Dokka's arrest and is, therefore, the reason Havaa is an orphan who winds up in Sonja's care. However, Sonja never learns all the details...

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