How do you define a quiet novel? I’ve always thought of a quiet novel as a story with more emotional conflict than physical confrontation and action. One where the main character strives to solve a problem that is important for that character and his or her immediate family or associations, but may not be world or life threatening. Death probably isn’t a factor. A quiet story is probably a more subtle story. It may be intense but perhaps constrained. I’ve read that a quiet novel is a mellow tale most likely with calm, restrained prose. With a quiet novel, a reader’s heart rate may not race. Blood pressure may not peak. However, the reader might be touched by the beauty, the passion, the intensity, the seriousness of the plot, and the writing of a quiet novel.
What do you think defines a quiet novel?
Writer Shannon Hitchcock blogged about a workshop she attended on the quiet novel (it’s a great post): http://shannonhitchcockwriter.blogspot.com/2011/01/erin-murphy-and-audrey-vernick-talk.html
I’d LOVE to know your thoughts on quiet novels. Care to share?