Gerry Anderson - She is the pastor's wife. She is very involved in the church and in the lives of its members.
Eddie Jefferson - He has returned to Idlewild after serving ten years in prison. When he was young, he went to Vietnam, an experience that left him angry and confused.
Geraldine Anderson - She is the pastor's wife. She is very involved in the church and in the lives of its members.
Ava Johnson - The main character and narrator of the story is a single, African-American woman who is HIV positive.
Joyce Mitchell - She is Ava's older sister. She lives in Idlewild where she has lived her entire life.
Aretha Simmons - She is the only member of the Sewing Circus who does not have a baby.
Ignorance - WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY ON AN ORDINARY DAY depicts the unfortunate results of this.
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