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The Daughter

By Notable Narratives November 8, 2006

Here’s what Erika Hayasaki wrote us when she sent this piece: "This is an example of going back after the news is ‘over’ and finding the richer story. I read the news story in the LA Times one morning. The … Read more

Making Up for Lost Time

By Notable Narratives November 5, 2006

This is a retrospective narrative, part history and part where-they-are-now. It’s an important and difficult story to tell. Difficult, it seems to us, because of its complexity and nuance. Mundy takes on both the task of filling us in on … Read more

The Lessons of the Father

By Notable Narratives October 25, 2006

We asked Swidey to tell us about his work on this story. Here’s what he e-mailed us: “I knew what I didn’t want to write: the birth-to-current-day profile of Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful. That had been … Read more

The Last Best Hope

By Notable Narratives October 10, 2006

Kimber’s story about Tom Martin, a devoted detective, has a strong sense of direction—even though his piece is based on interview. We thought this piece a good example of writing a profile—as opposed to a true narrative—while avoiding a pitfall … Read more

The Growing Season

By Notable Narratives October 10, 2006

Born to an unwed mother, Frank Beazley was given up to an orphanage as a newborn. His difficult life rolled out from there. We appreciated the historical detail the series provides. Miller emphasizes Beazley’s resilience, generosity and optimism. These themes … Read more

A Life in the Balance

By Notable Narratives September 27, 2006

We have to admit that the topic of this story, its high drama, made us a bit wary. Still, the series is well worth reading because it is an engrossing tale. Rose’s pregnancy, it seems to us, makes the story: … Read more

What’s Left Behind

By Notable Narratives September 26, 2006

This piece is a good example of how to write about emotional topics without mawkishness or sentimentality. A woman has lost her husband; she must now face the challenges of hanging onto her farm and caring for her young son. Read more

Homestead to Homes

By Notable Narratives September 26, 2006

By clicking the link below, you’ll find four selections from Shaw’s intermittent series about the transformation of a Minnesota farm into a high-end subdivision. Shaw follows the project from the farm’s last harvest through the process of planning and building … Read more

Slow Death

By Notable Narratives September 25, 2006

This is a effective example of how narrative can flesh out, give dignity to, people who feel they are, as a central character says in this story, “just a number in someone’s book.” The story also uses narrative to make … Read more