Julian is the thirty-year-old protagonist of the novel. A member of the WASP elite of Gibbsville, Julian is the head of a car dealership but isn’t really cut out for business. He is married to Caroline Walker English, an attractive and highly esteemed woman of his community. A heavy drinker of impulsive and reckless tendencies, Julian embarks on a self-destructive journey that ends in suicide. His relationship with his parents, particularly with his father, is distant and plays a key role in Julian’s self-destructive inclinations.