This character becomes her nephew’s guardian after rescuing the four-day-old child from the trash heap where his mother had abandoned him.
This character is the protagonist’s father, and begins his life abandoned by his mother when he is only four days old. He spends most of his life in a state of abandonment, disconnected from those around him and, as the novel describes him, "dangerously free" because of his isolation.
This character, the protagonist’s mother, is trapped by the same destructive force as her daughter: the unachievable desire for beauty. After stepping on a nail as an infant, she is left with a deformed foot, an event that causes her to see her entire self as deformed in some way.
This character, the novel’s protagonist, is the truest of all victims, for she is an innocent...
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