Points of View
Switching from one first-person narrative to another:
Some of my favorite books tell their stories from several different points of views. When successful, the different voices weave together in a way that creates a more complex tale.
Unfortunately, authors usually fail at this.
Case in point: Wildflowers by Lyah Beth Leflore. Leflore changes the first-person narrative point of view often. And by often, I mean, every other page. There is no character development. Just brief staccatos of stories. There are several different characters, which means that you forget who is where by the time that she returns to the character.
But when an author can do it right, it is wonderful.
Case in point: Three Junes by Julia Glass
I sneered at this book at first. Mainly because of the cover looking sophomoric or something. I also didn’t know a thing about Julia Glass, the author. It was gift from my mother for Easter a couple of years back. I read it while I was in between books with no expectations and I couldn’t put it down. It shifts through different characters in a stealthy way. Glass doles out enough of a story to get you into it, but not too much that you forget where you were with the other characters. And she avoids Wildflower’s fatal mistake of switching around characters every other page.
Other good books that change first-person narrative point of views with success? Little Altars Everywhere. The Sound and the Fury.