Jill Santopolo Writing Styles in The Light We Lost

Jill Santopolo
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Point of View

The novel is written in first person from the narrator, Lucy’s point of view. The reader sees all events and other characters from her perspective, as she is telling the story. The novel is essentially Lucy recounting the events of her life and her relationship with Gabe to him on his deathbed, although this only becomes apparent to the reader later on in the novel. Throughout the novel, she makes direct statements to him such as “I wish you could answer me.” and asks him questions, “Did you ever change your mind, Gabe?” (70) knowing fully that he cannot reply to her. The reader is left to speculate as to why he cannot answer her, and only finds out about his condition towards the end of the novel. This gives the narrative an intriguing and mysterious tone at points, prompting the forward motion of the...

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