“A Death in Kitchawank” follows the life of a housewife as her family grows up, and she and her husband continue to live in a resort community on a small inland lake. One area that Boyle captures well is the insular nature of small lakes, and how the residents lives intersect. For the most part, this is a bland story. It’s as if we are viewing the characters through a gauze of nostalgia. The points that stand out occur when a narrator of sorts imposes his own voice between the scenes. Experimentation is great; however, in this case I’m not sure what it accomplishes. It made me wonder if this was an excerpt from a larger story, and if that character/narrator was more important than Miriam, the character from whose point of view the story follows.
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