- Mother: The first section of the novel follows her perspective. She is calm and cool despite the drastic change in her life and ends up becoming the bread winner for her family after the internment camp.
- Daughter: She is 11 years old with long black hair. Daughter is very inquisitive and can easily make friends with strangers.
- Son: He is 8 years old and the one in the family who writes to their father the most. He also fantasizes about the supposed glory of his return more than other characters.
- Father: He is put in an internment camp before the rest of the family. Upon return from the camp he is listless and unable to return to the life he had before.
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