Tracy Chevalier Writing Styles in At the Edge of the Orchard

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Point of View

The novel is written from several perspectives, and the tone, language, and style changes with each. The first, and most obvious, is seen in the first section when the perspective alternates between Sadie and James Goodenough. When the focus is on James, the novel is written in third person from a limited viewpoint. The reader knows only what James knows but the scenes are written in a modern-day, traditional style with a narrator providing information. There is an abrupt change when the perspective changes to Sadie. At that point, the novel is written in first person and the tone becomes almost frantic as she struggles to deal with her situation, her emotions, and her insecurities. The writing becomes less traditional, with dropped consonants and little punctuation. The author uses no apostrophes, for example, when the focus is on Sadie. The fact that this is written...

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