Oh, boy. Are you really ready for this? Moon Over Manifest is told from approximately 476 different points of view. Well, okay, more like four. But still. It's nuts.
Let's take a look:
Okay, so let's zoom out and see how many layers of storytelling we've got here:
First, we have the story of Manifest in 1918, which is being told from three different angles:
(1) Ned's letters home, giving us a real, first-hand connection to the history.
(2) Miss Sadie's story, which gives us the inside, up-close-and-personal insights of an attentive mother.
(3) Hattie Mae's take, which backs everything up and gives us the big picture.
And then, of course, we have the story of Manifest in 1936...
(4) ... told by Abilene in the moment.
So there they are—476… ahem, four different stories.
Having all these different points of view contributing to the same story gives us a real sense of all the different townspeople that make Manifest what it is—a real community.