These stories present what goes on in the minds of people involved in everyday situations and encounters. Much of the drama occurs in what inhabits their silence and is expressed in internal monologues. As readers become engaged in a person’s viewpoint and voice, they may begin to see the story from a different perspective than the narrator’s. The ground shifts under the speaker’s words to reveal the limitations of a single person’s view.
From “Mercy,” from View:
Vacation, Mexican beach, drinks in our hands, the cell phone rings, our neighbor Mercy calling, across the street, one house over. She hesitates to disturb us on our vacation, but something is bothering her she needs to tell us about. She’s been looking at our house through binoculars. Probably no reason for alarm, but it should be up to us to decide what to worry about when it comes to our house….