Structure

The short story “Parole” by Mathieu Cailler has a mostly chronological plot structure, following the narrator in his attempts to establish a connection with his son. 

The story begins in medias res when the narrator gets off the bus on his way to see his son:

After an hour bus ride from the halfway house to West Des Moines, I unload from the back, shuffle by other passengers who have no idea where I've been and what I've done. 

The mention of a halfway house already hints that the narrator has recently been released from prison, meaning that he is a criminal. This sparks the curiosity of the reader as we want to know what he was imprisoned for.

Despite the mainly chronological structure, the story contains several flashbacks. Through these, the narrator’s past i...

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