Nine Unnamed Men from the town of Ruby—they are the figures around whom Chapter One centers.
Morgan—the ironmonger (blacksmith) who contributes his nails to the Oven at the founding of the town of Haven.
Ossie—a citizen of Haven who had once organized a horse race as part of a town celebration and picnic.
Ruby—the woman after whom the town of Ruby was named. She was the mother of the youngest of the nine men, the aunt of the twins.
Mavis Albright—a housewife in Maryland whose baby twins have suffocated in a parked car; she is 27 years old....
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