Anne Tyler Writing Styles in Back When We Were Grownups

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The story is recounted from the third-person and subjective point of view from the perspective of central character and protagonist, Rebecca Davitch. It is her experiences, her perceptions of and reactions to those experiences, and her transformation as a result of those experiences, that define the story and manifest the work's central theme. The reader is drawn into the story by the detailed, specific, and at times evocatively poetic ways in which the author explores Rebecca's circumstances and choices, hearing her internal questions as she asks them and becoming connected to her insights as she comes to them herself.

In terms of the work's thematic point of view, there is the very strong sense that as a whole, the work's point of view is quite clear that life is to be lived and celebrated in the present, and for what it is in the present, as...

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