Ruth Grey Dahl - This character is a small town, farm girl with a bitter, verbally abusive mother.
Ruben - This character marries Ruth.
May Jenson Grey - This character is a hard woman who does not know how to show emotion.
Aunt Sid - This character is May's baby sister. May resents her advantages in life and they have a quarrel at the time of their mother's death that leaves them estranged for the remainder of May's life.
Dee Dee Foote - This character is a neighbor who lives across the road from the Greys.
Daisy Foote - This character is Dee Dee's oldest daughter. She is wild, often going off with truck drivers and disappearing for days at a time.
Matthew Grey - This character is May's youngest child. He is highly intelligent and is moved up a grade in elementary school, placing him in...
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