Barbara Claypole White Writing Styles in The Perfect Son

Barbara Claypole White
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Point of View

The narrative of this novel is written from three points of view: Ella's, Felix's and Harry's. The story is told primarily in the present tense, with only a few instances of the past tense used when the characters remember past events such as Ella and Felix's meeting, or Harry's childhood. These stories are not told in the flashback style, rather just included as if the speaker was remembering them. This is meant to give the reader a look inside the minds and mentalities of all three of these important characters at a near equal level, although Ella's narrative fades off as her heart condition worsens. This narration differs on a chapter-by-chapter basis, with the occasional character getting two chapters in a row (Felix, for the most part). The dialogue between characters provides the mechanism to move the story along, as there are few actual events...

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