Like most of AS
's work, this novel is playfully self-reflexive in its adherence to typical story structure. In a formulaic breakdown of essential narrative parts, The Accidental has a prescribed Beginning, Middle...
is known as a writer who appeals to academic, popular, and other audiences. Her work has been appreciated by contemporaries, including John Berger
, Mary Gordon
, and Claire Tomalin
Wheeler, Kathleen. A Guide to Twentieth-Century Women Novelists. Blackwell, 1997.
Designer Richard Hollis
produced a revolutionary look for John Berger
's Ways of Seeing in Penguin
paperback: the work's text begins on the cover, incorporating (as pages do throughout the book) a cover-like visual.