In the books you read, do you consider the narrators reliable? This is a question that has been asked more and more over recent decades. It’s an undeniable fact that, just as in written historical accounts, modern fiction readers know that the narrator is part invention, part author’s perspective. But when and where is the narrator taking cover behind the author’s skirts or trousers?
For the writer, one way out of this problem is to tell the story from the perspective of several characters. This allows the reader to winnow the truth about the story, about the life of a central character, perhaps. Jaimy Gordon did just this in her 2010 National Book Award winning novel, Lord of Misrule. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I’d recumbent sitting down with the book at your earliest convenience.