Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Madeleine (Maddy) Faith Wirtz
Madeleine (Maddy) Faith Wirtz, the novel’s narrator. Maddy lives quietly in New Mexico, where she works as an astronomer’s assistant. Thirty-five years earlier, she was a member of FOXFIRE and the historian of that gang’s violent exploits. Now, in 1989, the fifty-year-old Maddy is transcribing the notebooks in which she recorded the adventures of the girl gang in the early 1950’s.
Margaret Ann “Legs” Sadovsky
Margaret Ann “Legs” Sadovsky, FOXFIRE’s first in command and the inspiration for most of its adventures. Sixteen years old when she brings the gang of misfit girls together, Legs is the product of a broken home. Her mother died when she was born, and her father (who may not be her biological parent) is an abusive alcoholic. Legs transcends her own awful beginnings to bring this gang of girls together into the only community they may ever know.
Elizabeth (Rita) O’Hagan
Elizabeth (Rita) O’Hagan, a slightly overweight young girl in the gang. Her sexual abuse at the hands of Mr. Buttinger, her ninth grade math teacher, precipitates the first act of FOXFIRE. The youngest of nine O’Hagan children, Rita was gang raped two years earlier by the Viscounts. Eventually, she will be banned from the gang for dating a boy.
Betty “Goldie” Siefried
Betty “Goldie” Siefried, the first lieutenant of FOXFIRE,...
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