Style and technique

Galloway’s style has been described as experimental. Unlike conventional novels, the text is not ordered, neat or disciplined. Instead Galloway tries to create the narrator’s trauma and breakdown in a visual way.

Writing in first person narrative style, she makes creative use of unusual typography and layout in order to communicate Joy’s unclear thinking, and troubled psyche. Some of Galloway’s features include:

  • incomplete sentences with no end-punctuation
  • incomplete sentences in the margins
  • blank spaces
  • lists
  • varying font types and sizes
  • dramatic script
  • repetition
  • short sentences