RARA-AVIS: An inquiry

From: Jeanheller@aol.com
Date: 08 Feb 2000

I don't often delurk, though I love reading the posts here. But I have a question someone aboard this list might be able to answer. For my monthly book review column, I'm reading the ARC for a March book called, RUN. It is, a half dozen chapters in, one of the best thrillers I have read this year. But the author, whose name escapes me at the moment, uses a writing technique with which I'm unfamiliar. He has dialogue but no quotes, as in:

My mother asked me if I was okay. I'm fine, I told her. But you're drinking again, she said.

(Those, by the way, are not exact quotes. I don't have the ARC with me.) My question is, does anyone out there know of an author who has used this technique before? I thought it was going to be distracting, but it isn't at all. In an odd way, it is very effective.

Thanks, Jean Heller

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