List of Characters
Dr. Bentley—doctor who works with David.
David Henry (McCallister)—main character, husband of Norah, father of Paul and Phoebe.
June McCallister—David's sister who died young.
Norah Asher—Henry wife of David, part of story is told from her perspective.
Howard—Norah's first lover whom she met in Aruba.
Sam—another one of Norah's lovers.
Brigitte "Bree" Asher—Norah's sister, who is vibrant and outgoing, the opposite of Norah.
Mark Bell—one of Bree's boyfriends, a Vietnam veteran who lost part of his foot in the war.
Paul Henry—son of Norah and David, brother of Phoebe, a guitarist.
Phoebe Henry (Gill)—daughter who David gives away, girl with Down Syndrome whom Caroline Gill raises.
Caroline Gill—nurse, who worked for David and raised Phoebe.
Albert "Al" Simpson—truck driver who marries Caroline and helps to raise Phoebe.
Lucy Martin—nosey woman who lives in Caroline's apartment building.
Robert—young man with Down Syndrome who loves Phoebe.
Lauren Young—girl with whom Paul has sex.
Duke Madison—young pianist friend of Paul who introduces Paul to marijuana.
Dorothy "Doro" March—hires Caroline in Pittsburgh and shares her home with Caroline.
Leo March—father of Doro, somewhat senile, retired professor whom Caroline takes care of.
Trace—Doro's man friend whom she later marries.
Sandra—woman who befriends Caroline in Pittsburgh.
Tim—Sandra's son who has Down Syndrome.
Michelle—young woman living with Paul.
Rosemary—young woman living in David's West Virginia abandoned family home. David brings her home to Kentucky with him. She is pregnant.