Tante Atie - This character is the main character's aunt and is kind, initially illiterate, and has never married.
Martine Caco - This character came to the United States and works as a nurse. She is traumatized from abuse earlier in life and commits suicide.
Sophie Caco - This character is being raised by her aunt in a small Haitian town and moves to Brooklyn where she falls in love with a neighbor.
Marc Chevalier - This character is a prosperous Haitian immigrant and lawyer.
Grandma Ife - This character, a widow who lives in a remote Haitian village, is the main character's grandmother.
Joseph - This character is a deep, thoughtful, wise, and loving musician.
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