Ruma—a young Bengali woman trained as a lawyer.
Adam—her Caucasian American husband.
Akash—Adam and Ruma's young son.
Ruma's father—a retired Bengali widower.
Mrs. Meenakshi Bagchi—the Bengali woman Ruma's father starts seeing after his wife dies.
Pranab Chakraborty/ Also called Pranab Kaku (uncle)—the Bengali friend of the narrator's family.
Deborah—Prenab's American girlfriend and eventual wife.
Usha—the female narrator, just a girl when Pranab enters her family's life.
Boudi—Usha's mother, who longs hopelessly for Pranab.
Matty—Deborah's little brother, who Usha gets high with at their wedding.
"A Choice of Accommodations"
Amit Sarkar—the lead male character, and the reason the couple are attending Pam Borden's wedding.
Megan—Amit's wife, a doctor.
Pam Borden—Amit's friend from childhood, she'd been a girl who reigned over and guided the boys when they were young.
Headmaster Borden—Pam's father, and the one who asked his daughter to watch over Amit.
Mr. Nagle—Amit's former English teacher and advisor at Langford.
Felicia—a friend of Pam's who plans to marry. Amit offends her by speaking honestly about his marriage.
Ted Schultz—Amit's old classmate, whom he offends by forgetting his name.
Sudha Mukherjee—the female lead in the story, first the less successful sister, then the mother and near salvation of the family.
Rahul Mukherjee—Sudha's alcoholic brother.
Elaine—Rahul's older girlfriend, a waitress and would be actress.
Roger Featherstone—Sudha's husband. Older, British, and an editor at an art magazine....
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