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Lou Ann Ruiz
She is an attractive young blonde, and the mother of a baby boy, Dwayne Ray. Her husband has left her. She has low self-esteem but develops confidence after sharing her home with Taylor and Turtle.
He was an English teacher in Guatemala but is now a refugee. He and his wife stay with Mattie, then, with Taylorís help, move on to the next safe house in Oklahoma. Taylor falls in love with Estevan but keeps the relationship platonic.
She is Estevanís wife. She is in despair throughout most of the novel because of the loss of their daughter, Ismene, who resembled Turtle.
Taylorís mother, though not an actual player in this story, is a presence throughout the novel. Taylor remembers her, quotes her, and speaks on the phone to her. Mama gives Taylor self-confidence and courage by always showing pride in Taylorís accomplishments, no matter how small.
He is Lou Annís husband. He lost his leg in an accident and, unable to get over it, he leaves Lou Ann. He stays in contact with Lou Ann, then eventually joins a rodeo.
She is the waitress at the Burger Derby who befriends Taylor. She talks Taylor into taking a job and shares the responsibility of checking on her child and Turtle at Kid Central Station while she and Taylor work.
She is Lou Annís complaining, condescending grandmother from Kentucky.
She is Lou Annís mother. She and Granny Logan come from Kentucky to visit Lou Ann and help out when Dwayne Ray is born. Lou Ann and Angel pretend they are still together while the relatives are there.
Virgie Mae Parsons
She is Lou Annís condescending, matronly neighbor. She lives with and guides Edna Poppy.
She is Lou Annís friendly neighbor who, along with Virgie Mae, sometimes baby-sits for Turtle and Dwayne ray. She always dresses in red. Edna is blind.
Estevan and Esperanza's daughter who was kidnapped and left behind in Guatamala. She was being held as bait to capture Esperanza and Estevan.
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