By Jay Parini
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Whether it is the effect of Beattie's new expansiveness in Picturing Will, or a renewed dedication to the digressionary tactics explained above, a new liberation is felt in What Was Mine (1991). The stories are longer on average ("A Windy Day at the Reservoir" is almost a novella), and looser, and there is more variation in the narrative voices. The characters, too, though they are mostly familiar types, are brought into contact with other, less familiar types outside their usual tight circles.
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American Writers, Supplement V by Jay Parini