Thirteen Ways of Looking - “What Time is it Now, Where You Are?” Summary & Analysis

Colum McCann
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Summary

This short piece of fiction is narrated by a third person narrator. The narration follows the thought process of a writer who is tasked with writing a New Year’s Eve Story for a newspaper. In May, he begins to craft the main character, a female Marine named Sandi. Sandi is from South Carolina, and she has a son at home. She is in Afghanistan and is alone taking a nightly post. The author also decides that Sandi is originally from Toledo, Ohio and comments that he is originally from Dublin. He decides that at midnight, Sandi will have access to a satellite phone, so she can call her family. The author briefly thinks about having a sniper fire on her, but decides against it. He also decides that Sandi’s son is 14, but since he wrote...

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