Jenny Downham Writing Styles in Unbecoming

Jenny Downham
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Point of View

The novel is written in third person from the limited perspectives of Katie Baxter and her grandmother, Mary Todd. The limited perspective is necessary in order to keep some aspects of the novel secret until the author is ready to reveal them. Katie does now know details about the history that exists between Mary and Caroline. Mary was there, and she is able to relate some information, such as the day Caroline was born. However, Mary is having trouble remembering some things now, which means she cannot provide the entire picture for Katie (and the reader). Caroline is the only character who can fill in the gaps in the information Katie and Mary have between them, and she refuses until the situation reaches a crisis.

The limited perspectives provide the reader with insight into what the two characters are thinking at any given time. Mary...

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