The Narrator - He starts out the novel as a young boy enraptured with his grandmother's stories about her homeland, France.
Charlotte Lemonnier - She is the narrator's grandmother, and the main storyteller of the novel.
Avdotia - She is the milkmaid in Saranza.
Beria - He is the Russian leader who stalked young women walking down the street in his black car.
The Narrator's Sister - She is a nameless, faceless girl who is also present at Charlotte's home during the summers in Russia.
Pashka - He is the only friend the narrator makes in school while he is studying French history.
Norbert - He is Charlotte's father, a respected doctor in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Albertine - She is Charlotte's mother and Norbert's wife, twenty-six-years his junior.
Vincent - He is Charlotte's uncle who had worked as a journalist during the first World War, in which he eventually...
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