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Books written in the Second Person Singular – deWitt, McInerney, et al.



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Books written in the Second Person Singular

Posted by Lale on 13/10/2014, 9:38:54

I recently read (and enjoyed) a book written in the SECOND person singular, as in “You drink your whiskey in one gulp and you leave the room. When you get to your car, you see that he is waiting for you.” Patrick deWitt’s Ablutions.




Posted by Sterling on 13/10/2014, 18:56:48

To the best of my recollection, the only novel I have read in the second person is Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City, which, in my opinion, is made memorable precisely because of the unusual choice of voice.

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Posted by Lale on 4/10/2016, 13:05:07

Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place, a creative nonfiction (semi-autobiography, semi-travel, semi-history) is also partly written in the second person: “You are a tourist and you have not yet seen a school in Antigua…”



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