Anita Shreve Writing Styles in The Stars Are Fire

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Point of View

The novel is written in close third-person with a limited narrator who follows Grace’s perspective throughout the narrative. This ensures that the reader identifies with her throughout her journey. It also highlights her dramatic character arc as separate from the less striking developments of the non-protagonists. Through the third person narrator, we see all of Grace’s frustrations and concerns, even those she might hide or be unable to communicate to her sometimes less than supportive support system. This is particularly important as it allows the reader to see the precise moments at which Grace realizes that her life is in need of change, even before she vocalizes this to a confidante or takes decisive action. The close third-person perspective also allows the reader to speculate on other characters’ motives, in particular Gene’s, whereas an omniscient narrator would remove the element of mystery...

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