Bowlaway Characters

Elizabeth McCracken
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Bertha Truitt

Bertha Truitt is the central character in the novel. She is an eccentric woman with a love for bowling who is discovered unconscious in Salford Cemetery by Joe and Leviticus. Bertha will tell no one from where she came or even how old she is. As soon as she is able, she goes to work building the town’s first candlepin bowling alley. A community grows up around this bowling alley and its unusual mistress. Bertha befriends LuEtta, an unhappy woman whose first child died and has never been able to get pregnant again; Joe, who left his former life because he feared he would go to hell because he was in love with a man; and Jeptha, who tried to kill himself by suicide after his young wife was killed. Bertha marries Leviticus, a black man, even though mixed-race marriages are not approved at that point...

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