Jaffe, Rona Writing Styles in The Best of Everything

Jaffe, Rona
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Point of View

The novel is written in third person from an omniscient perspective, but that perspective remains somewhat limited throughout the novel as the perspective focuses on specific characters at specific times. For example, Caroline discovers a bag of trash in the closet that is the first clue of Gregg's ongoing obsession with David. Until Caroline makes that discovery, the reader does not know the extent of Gregg's situation. Later, Gregg falls down the stairs and dies, and the reader knows about her fall as soon as it happens but Caroline does not know until she arrives at David's building where the accident occurs. The limitations vary, depending on which of the characters is the focus of specific scenes at specific times, meaning the reader does not know what is happening in any character's life all the time.

The novel opens with a focus on Caroline, and...

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