Lorrie Moore Writing Styles in Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People

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Point of View

The story is written and the past tense and the limited third person, with Abby serving as the main point-of-view character. The only time in which the narrative seems to directly adopt a different perspective is briefly towards the beginning of the story when the narrative introduces the lyricist. Some lines and passages at this point seem to occupy the lyricist’s perspective. However, the narrative otherwise inhabits Abby’s perspective, and the narrative and thematic shifts of the story thereby hinge on Abby’s own experiences, observations and realizations. For example, as she learns more about the true nature of her mother’s life and personality, she gains deeper confidence in herself, and she gains a deeper appreciation for her mother.

Much of the narrative and thematic tension is based in a clash between the perspectives and outlooks between Abby and her mother. Abby...

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