Linked Short Stories: Background information when reading That Time I Loved You

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That Time I Loved You

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by Carianne Leung

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Linked Short Stories

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Linked short stories, novels in stories, story cycles – these are terms for collections in which the stories are not all discrete pieces with separate worlds and characters. Instead, characters recur, whether subtly or overtly, and multiple stories have the same setting. What makes linked short stories so enjoyable, and what sets them apart from novels? I started by asking Carrianne Leung, author of That Time I Loved You, why she chose this format. "It's the different gazes that really animate the relationships and sense of place for me," she replied. Many in the online book community agree that linked short stories are an excellent way to explore points of view. "I feel [the form] allows a more expansive view of a community and situation," book blogger Eric Anderson of Lonesome Reader adds.

One title came up over and over in my discussions of linked stories: Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. Leung told me it was an inspiration for her, and librarian and book blogger Laila ...

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