Elizabeth Strout Writing Styles in Anything Is Possible

Elizabeth Strout
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Point of View

The entire novel is told in the past tense, third person point of view with a limited-omniscient narrator that shifts between different characters' focuses depending on the chapter. The past tense narration allows the novel to explore the ways that the past influences and impact characters, even in the present. Because the novel is told in the past tense, the events have already been explored and explained, rather than happening as the story unfolds. In addition to the past-tense narration, there are moments when the narrator foreshadows or foretells the future. For example, various characters will experience moments when they have a premonition about what will come to be, and the narrative usually confirm is this premonition as correct by projecting into the future beyond the text. The limited omniscience of the narrator allows the reader to experience various characters and their lives. In each...

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