Gap Creek: A Novel Style
Point of View
Gap Creek is told in first-person and limited omniscience narration from Julie Harmon's perspective, which means that the readers are held very close to Julie's thoughts and emotions throughout the novel. The point-of-view is reliable, as Julie does not have the education or the motivation to manipulate the audience. Although the narration deals with incredibly emotional and powerful themes, it is interesting to note that the narration is extremely stark and straightforward holding the reader at arms length from the emotion of the story. This represents the isolation Julie feels in the valley, particularly after realizing that her husband is not necessarily the loving man she married. Through this point of view, the reader is given access into Julie's thoughts, fears, insecurities, and hope. This point-of-view is important to the novel as a whole because it creates a strong bond between the reader and the protagonist, which is integral...