Telling the Truth – On Writing Real

(written as a participant in the Rainier Writing Workshop) BROKEN HARBOR Tana French                   Tana French broke onto the literary scene with the haunting novel In the Woods. In that bestseller, her protagonist was a self-deluded murder squad detective who had repressed so much of his childhood that he didn’t even realize when he was getting sucked into a current murder far too deeply for his own mental health or the health of his suspects. In the Woods featured a very close first person story that ultimately showed us the self-delusion and unreliability that can be a hallmark of the best first person stories. In her follow-up, The Likeness, French took a secondary character from that first novel and explored her through a similarly close first person...

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