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Full title Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Author Anne Lamott
Type of work Nonfiction
Genre Memoir/Writing Manual
Time and place written 1995; San Rafael, California
Date of first publication October 1995
Publisher Anchor Books
Narrator Anne Lamott
Point of view The author speaks exclusively in the first person, unless quoting another person or writer. She gives advice and speaks of her past experiences through memoir form.
Tone The author is the narrator, and her attitude toward the story is straightforward and conversational. Her writing style is primarily subjective.
Tense Present tense, except when describing past events
Setting (time) Current; events take place between 1954–1995
Setting (Place) Northern California
Protagonist Anne Lamott
Major conflict None
Rising action None
Falling action None
Themes Writing vs. publishing; the importance of faith to creativity; the creation of community
Motifs: Memories; illness and dying; opposites
Symbols Small things; photographs; church
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