Barbara Kingsolver Writing Styles in Prodigal Summer: A Novel

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Point of View

The point of view switches from first person to third person. The person speaking and thinking changes, based on whose story is being told. For all of the chapters titled "Predators," the third person narrator focuses on what Deanna is thinking and feeling. The narrator does not know how the minor characters feel or what they think, so the reader has only the characters' dialogue to tell the reader how the characters feel or what they think. There is dialogue between Deanna and other characters, but the focus of each of these chapters is on her and her thoughts and feelings.

Like Deanna's chapters, the chapters titled "Moth Love" and "Old Chestnuts" use a narrator and dialogue between the various characters to tell the story. The focus for "Moth Love" is Lusa's story, and "Old Chestnuts" focuses on Garnett. The narrator describes other characters, but, like...

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