One of the protagonists of “Children of the Sea.” After the military raids his radio show, he attempts to flee to the United States for political immunity.
The female letter writer
The other protagonist of “Children of the Sea.” She and the male letter writer are in love, but her father does not approve of the relationship. She remains in Haiti with her parents and hides from the military in the provinces.
The father of the female protagonist in “Children of the Sea.” He is practical and focuses on keeping his family safe, which means he often ignores the injustices happening around him.
The mother of the female protagonist in “Children of the Sea.”
In “Children of the Sea,” she is a young pregnant woman also trying to escape to the United States via boat. In “Caroline’s Wedding," a mass is held for her at Saint Agnes Church in New York City.
In “Children of the Sea,” she is the mother of a young revolutionary who was killed for his controversial beliefs.
The uncle of the female protagonist in “Children of the Sea.”
The protagonist of “Nineteen Thirty-Seven.” She lives alone now because her mother was imprisoned for allegedly performing witchcraft.
Josephine’s doll, passed down from her great-great-great-grandmother.
In “Nineteen Thirty-Seven,” she is Josephine’s mother. Défilé is also the name of Josephine’s great-great-great-grandmother.
In “Nineteen Thirty-Seven,” he is the Dominican general in charge of the massacre of many Haitians living in the Dominican Republic.
In “Nineteen Thirty-Seven,” she is an old woman who comes to tell Josephine about her mother’s life in prison.
The male protagonist of “A Wall of Fire Rising,” he is married to Lili and is the father of Little Guy. He is obsessed with a hot air balloon owned by the Assad family.
In “A Wall of Fire Rising,” she is the wife of Guy and the mother of Little Guy. Nurturing and caring, she worries about her husband’s obsession with the hot air balloon. In “Between the Pool and the Gardenias,” we learn that Lili commits suicide in her older years.
In “A Wall of Fire Rising,” he is the son of Guy and Lili. The title of the short story is derived from a play Little Guy performs at school about a slave revolution.
In “A Wall of Fire Rising,” a Haitian family of Lebanese or Palestinian descent that owns a sugar mill and the hot air balloon with which Guy is obsessed.
The Night Woman
In “Night Women,” she is the unnamed protagonist who struggles with keeping her nighttime suitors a secret from her young son.
The Night Woman's Son
In “Night Women,” he is the son of the night woman and is seemingly unaware of how his mother provides their livelihood.
In “Night Women,” he is one of the night woman’s suitors. He is a doctor and visits on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
In “Night Women,” he is one of the night woman’s suitors. He is an accordion player and visits on Mondays and Thursdays.
The protagonist of “Between the Pool and the Gardenias,” she has had many miscarriages. Her grief over her lost children causes her to hallucinate and think that Rose is still alive.
In “Between the Pool and the Gardenias,” she is a child who was abandoned by her parents in the streets of Haiti. She is dead, but Marie thinks she is alive and takes her home.
Marie’s employer in “Between the Pool and the Gardenias.” Marie steals Madame’s perfume to mask the smell of Rose’s decomposition.
Marie’s employer in “Between the Pool and the Gardenias.”
In “Between the Pool and the Gardenias,” he is a Dominican man who also works for Madame and Monsieur. He and Marie had sex once.
The protagonist of “The Missing Peace,” she lives with her grandmother because her mother died during childbirth. For this reason she is named “Lamort,” which means “the death.”
In “The Missing Peace,” she is the grandmother of “Lamort.” Strict with her granddaughter, she manages to provide a good life for the pair of them by renting rooms.
In “The Missing Peace,” she is the dead mother of Lamort.
In “The Missing Peace,” he is a soldier in the new regime. He is friends with Lamort and tries unsuccessfully to seduce her.
In “The Missing Peace,” he is a solider in the new regime. He once shot Raymond in the leg because he did not know if he was part of the old or new regime.
In “The Missing Peace,” she is a young American woman looking for her mother’s remains in Haiti.
In “The Missing Peace,” she was a journalist and the mother of Emilie. Emilie believes she was killed during the night of the coup because she believed in the old regime.
The protagonist of “Seeing Things Simply,” she models for Catherine’s nude portraits.
The old man
In “Seeing Things Simply,” he is an old man who habitually gets drunk and talks to Princesse on her way to and from Catherine’s house.
In “Seeing Things Simply,” she is a painter from Guadeloupe who makes nude portraits and sells them in Europe.
The protagonist in “New York Day Women,” she sees her mother walking through an unfamiliar part of New York City and decides to follow her.
In “New York Day Women,” she is Suzette’s mother. Though she longs for Haiti, she has yet to return because of the death and loss that await her there.
In “New York Day Women,” he is a young boy whom Suzette’s mother babysits in park while his mother goes for a jog.
The protagonist in “Caroline’s Wedding,” she is the older sister of Caroline and was born in Haiti. At the beginning of the short story, she has successfully acquired her U.S. citizenship.
The sister of Grace in “Caroline’s Wedding,” she is the titular character. She was born in the United States and has only one arm.
In “Caroline’s Wedding,” she is the mother of Grace and Caroline and believes that Caroline is “settling” or “selling herself short” by marrying Eric.
In “Caroline’s Wedding,” he is the dead father of Grace and Caroline, and Hermine’s dead husband. He died of prostrate cancer ten years before the time of the short story.
In “Caroline’s Wedding,” he is Caroline’s Bahamian boyfriend. Hermine doesn’t approve of him because he is not Haitian and has a speech impediment.
In “Caroline’s Wedding,” she is the Cuban neighbor of Grace and her family. She frequently holds large and loud family parties at her house.
In “Caroline’s Wedding,” he is a judge friend of Eric’s who officiates the wedding ceremony for Eric and Caroline.
Krik? Krak! Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Krik? Krak! is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
In "Children of the Sea," the author uses all lower-case letters and a bold font as a way to differentiate the journal entries of the two characters. Bold font is also used in "New York Day Women" for the mother's voice in the narrator's head.