Garth Stein Writing Styles in A Sudden Light

Garth Stein
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Point of View

The bulk of this novel is narrated in first-person by Trevor. This is an appropriate choice for POV because he is the catalyst for the transformation that occurs between the family members. It is also appropriate because he cannot see what Serena is doing behind-the-scenes.

Exceptions to this are the journal entries of Harry and Elijah that are written from their own perspectives. However, even Trevor's dreams, in which he dreams through Ben's eyes or acts as a bystander, are written in first-person. The nature of these accounts are best told by someone who is there, and indeed the vivid descriptions of the settings in these scenes lend extra dimension to them. An example, taken from a flashback scene narrated by Harry: "Like a child, I was impressed by the fire: gaslight—seemingly everywhere—glowing so brightly that the house looked like it was aflame...

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