Karen Joy Fowler Writing Styles in Sarah Canary

Karen Joy Fowler
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Point of View

Sarah Canary is told from the perspective of a third person, omniscient narrator. The narration is consistent and appears to be a reliable narrator.

While Sarah is the title character of the novel, her internal monologue or thoughts are not offered. The reader sees her actions through the lens of other characters. The narrator simply details what she is doing without additional commentary. No backstory is given on her character either, which differs from many other characters, including minor ones. Ultimately, the reader knows more about Tom in his brief scene in the jail that is explained about Sarah. The point of this is to allow the reader to view Sarah in much the same way as the other characters.

The focus of the novel is linear and rarely deviates from the primary focus of the novel. It opens with Sarah appearing to Chin, but...

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