List of Characters
Lillian Leyb—the protagonist of the story, a Russian immigrant.
Reuben Burstein—the father of Meyer and owner of the theater.
Meyer Burstein—son of Reuben, good-looking actor and later Lillian’s lover.
Esther Burstein—Reuben’s wife.
Yaakov Shimmelman—a tailor and friend of Reuben’s.
Frieda—Lillian’s cousin, with whom she lives in New York City.
Judith—young woman with whom Lillian shares a room at Frieda’s place.
Mariam—Lillian’s cousin in Russia.
Raisele Perlmutter—Lillian’s cousin who comes to New York and tells Lillian her daughter is alive.
Mr. and Mrs. Pinsky—Russian couple who took Lillian’s daughter to Siberia.
Dan O’Brien—helps to arrange the first leg of Lillian’s trip to Seattle.
Red McGann—helps to arrange second leg of Lillian’s trip to Seattle.
Clothilde Browne—prostitute “Gumdrop” in Seattle who helps Lillian.
Snooky Salt—Gumdrop’s pimp.
Arthur Gilpin—constable in Alaska who puts Lillian in the women’s detention hall to keep her from walking farther north in the winter.
Lorena Gilpin—Arthur Gilpin’s new (second) wife.
Fat Patty—tattoo artist and prisoner at detention hall.
Mrs. Mortimer—matron at the detention hall.
Chinky Chang—Chinese girl who befriends Lillian at the detention hall.
Cleveland Seward Munson—Chinky’s boyfriend, later her husband.
John Bishop—man Lillian falls in love with in Alaska.