This protagonist in the novel is a 28-year-old unsatisfied housewife living on a rural farm in Tennessee. She first witnesses the butterflies on the mountain above her home.
This character is the protagonist's husband. He is a former high school football star and walks passively through life, often allowing the women in his sphere to dictate his actions.
This character serves as the matriarch of the central family in the novel. She is a tough and self-sufficient woman and is devout in her faith.
This character is the patriarch of the central family in the novel. He is a Vietnam veteran and a lifelong farmer.
This character is the protagonist's five-year-old son. He is bright and becomes fascinated with both the butterflies and the scientists who come to observe them.
This character is the infant daughter of...
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