The Writer - This protagonist of the novel is age 34, once divorced, and has had his share of pitfalls.
Ryoichi Gotanda - This character is a former junior high school classmate and former science lab partner to the protagonist.
Yuki - This character is a 13-year-old girl that the protagonist meets at the Dolphin Hotel.
Kiki - This character is the woman that lived with the protagonist at the Dolphin Hotel 4.5 years ago.
The Sheep Man - This character is a strange being who belongs to a race formed long ago and who lives in an in-between world.
Mei - This character is murdered in the novel, and the police link the protagonist to the crime.
Ame - This character is a world famous photographer and terrible mother.
Hiraku Makimura - This character was once a well respected bestselling author, but his career has slipped.
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