Calvin Trillin - This character is married to the person about whom the memoir is written. This character is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
Alice Trillin - This character is the child of a failed businessman. This character is very attractive and suffers with lung cancer.
Abigail - This character is the older of two children. As an adult, this character becomes a legal-services attorney for children.
Sara - This character is the younger of two children. When this character is four years old, a parent is diagnosed with lung cancer.
Dick Francis - This character is a jockey who becomes a novelist.
Nora Ephron - This character is a writer, screenwriter and director who speaks at a friend's memorial service.
Mina Shaughnessy - This character is a writer and educator who dies of ovarian cancer.
Alice's Father - This person is an inventor...
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