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Scott R
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Story behind the story

I was surprised at how well this story works told in the voice that it's told in. When I was reading it for the first time, I gave it two pages, and then I was going to chuck it in the reject pile.

But then I couldn't stop reading.

Susanna works as a narrator; Wolkomir performs some deft magic in staging this plucky eleven year old gal reporter as the reader's point of reference. The style-- an over-the-top caricature of reporting stereotype-- allows Susanna to speak directly to the audience. Instead of being off-putting and boring, Susanna's affected narration is charming. I don't know that it would have worked the same for an adult narrator; but Susanna gets by.

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I've been telling people that Susanna's voice is what makes this story work.

But in thinking about it more, I realize that's not quite true. It's Susanna as a character that makes this story work, but it's her voice that effectively conveys her character.

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