Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
A general discussion, light-hearted but provocative, of strategies and techniques for reading fictional characters in literature, with a section especially focusing on narrative devices.
Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.
A story, told by the protagonist, a ten-year-old orphan growing up in the rural South of the '70's where circumstances necessitate that she assume the role of her own advice and counsel in a world indifferent and hostile to her.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.
A story set in Afghanistan and California, told by the protagonist who seeks redemption as a result of guilt he has borne for over twenty-five years.
Kafka, Franz. "The Metamorphosis." The Norton Anthology of World Literature, The Twentieth Century, Second Edition, Volume F. Ed. Sarah Lawall. W.W. Norton & Company, 2002. 1999-2030.
The bizarre story of a young man, Gregor Samsa, who wakes to find himself transformed into a giant insect, and the alienation he suffers in his struggle to adapt to his new anatomy.
Sapphire. Push. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
The harrowing story, narrated by Precious Jones, of an illiterate sixteen-year-old who has been raped by her father and beaten by her mother, but who encounters a woman who refuses to allow Precious to give up on herself.