Stylistically, the novel is written as a third-person narrative with dialogue appearing often, though toward the very end of the book dialogue-intensive scenes involving George increase. Since the work covers George's life from the time he was a child to his growing independence and ultimate abandoning of Winesburg as a young man, the style of the work progresses through each of its twenty-six chapters, with the complexity of his life becoming bigger. The book's opening pages have examples of how the characters will be throughout the stories. This way the reader can understand better why every character behaves in such strange ways.
The collection consists of twenty-two short stories, one of which is in four parts: