This character is the narrator of the stories in A Long Way from Chicago. In each story, he describes events that occurred during his annual visits with his sister to his grandmother's home in rural Illinois.
Mary Alice Dowdel
This character is seven years old when she first visits her grandmother in rural Illinois. She is thirteen on her final trip.
This character is described as being larger than life. She claims not to care about her town in rural Illinois, but her actions demonstrate otherwise.
Mrs. Effie Wilcox
This character is known as the town gossip in the rural Illinois town featured in the stories.
This character is a son of the local dairy-owning family in rural Illinois.
Aunt Puss Chapman
This character is very old and poor when the narrator and his sister meet her. However, she was once wealthy and...
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