Nora Roberts Writing Styles in Born in Shame

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Point of View

The story is written in omniscient third person, meaning the author moves fluidly from character to character and can relates anyone's thoughts to the reader. This style is helpful for this novel because much of the drama takes place internally: the characters' thoughts are how the story is communicated to the reader. Especially with the love story between Shannon and Murphy, it's important that the reader understand and empathize with both characters. This point of view allows readers to form their own opinions about other characters in the novel as well, and not have their opinions colored by a narrow first-person perspective. This point of view also allows the author to share information with the reader that the characters do not necessarily know, and to easily move from exposition or description to dialogue. Especially during the dreamlike flashbacks, which can be confusing, it is helpful for...

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