He is the main character in all four of the short stories that make up this novel.
She is clinically depressed and often spontaneous in her decisions that cause upheaval in her son's life.
He marries Asa's mother and takes the responsibility of raising him, but resents Asa from the first moment they meet and it takes him a long time to accept the boy in his life.
He is a young man in Asa's fourth grade class who is not highly intelligent and has trouble learning.
She calls Asa the day before the PTA program to tell him that there is no way her son can learn the poem in time and asks what he wants to do.
Asa is in love with this girl because he believes she is the only person to really see him for...
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