The Narrator - This entertaining, insightful and lyrical character knows and sees much more than any one character, yet is not aware of everything.
Violet Trace - This character is fifty-years-old, toothpick-thin and works as an unlicensed hairdresser.
Joe Trace - This character is adopted by Rhoda and Frank Williams and works as a waiter and part-time salesman for Cleopatra cosmetics.
Malvonne - This character is the antagonist of the novel and cleans office buildings at night.
Dorcas - This seventeen-year-old character is shot at a party and dies.
Alice Manfred - This character is a widow, a skilled laborer, and a seamstress in the garment district who does fine work by hand.
Felice - This character is the best friend of waiter and part-time salesman's girlfriend who eventually becomes close to the main family in this novel.
Acton - This character is arrogant, self-centered, and critical...
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