Ursa Beatrice Mackenzie
Ursa Beatrice Mackenzie, the protagonist and narrator. The only child of a teacher from Connecticut and a prominent West Indian political leader, Ursa now lives in New York City after having spent her first fourteen years on the island of Triunion. Although she seems independent and successful, in fact everything about Ursa’s life is uncertain, from her future as a free-lance researcher to her relationship with her longtime lover, Lowell Carruthers, whom she trusts so little that she has an abortion without even informing him of her pregnancy. It becomes evident that Ursa cannot proceed with her own life until she has sorted out her feelings about her parents and her native island.
Estelle Beatrice Harrison Mackenzie
Estelle Beatrice Harrison Mackenzie, Ursa’s mother. An intelligent, idealistic young grade school teacher from Hartford, Connecticut, she falls in love with the personable Primus Mackenzie and commits her life to him and his Caribbean island. Their marriage is marred not only by Estelle’s repeated difficulties in carrying a child to term but also by her husband’s insistence on maintaining a mistress. When Ursa is still a baby, Estelle walks out, but she decides to remain in what she realizes is a flawed relationship with a flawed man.
Primus Mackenzie (The PM)
Primus Mackenzie (The PM), Ursa’s father, a personable lawyer, politician, and hotel owner on Triunion. Throughout his childhood, Primus is indulged and...
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