In The Fence My Father Built, when legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian, hauls her kids, teenage Nova and eleven year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, she’s confronted by a neighbor’s harassment over water rights and Joe’s legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.
–The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood. (From The Fence My Father Built)
I followed Aunt Lutie across the living room to the kitchen area. It was a good five foot walk.
The broken down, green and white single-wide mobile home, with room additions sticking out in all directions, looked more like a child’s homemade fort than a place to live.
–Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.
Example 1: (Simile)
Example 2: (Metaphor)
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