As this is a serial blog and readers may be visiting for the first time in the middle of the story, I thought having a playbill with the main characters identified (and explained) might help orient you. I will add to this list as the story unfolds and new characters make their stage entrance. Links by each character’s name guide you to the posts where they appear.
Blue – my therapist, who triggered much of this exploration. See him in action in these chapterlets – Calamity, Running Saigon, Alien, Passing, Bridge, Carpenter, Vault, Call, Blind Sight, Michaela. And he takes a star turn in Tango.
Dan and Faye Ross – Dan was my father’s roommate at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960’s when Dan was a law student there and my father was on fellowship from Vietnam. Dan was later posted to the U.S. Consulate in Saigon during the war, but returned to Philadelphia before the war ended. His family sponsored ours when we fled Saigon and came to the U.S. in 1975. Faye is Dan’s wife and the adult who anchored my day to day life our first year in the U.S. It was Faye who took care of me after school. The Rosses remain very dear family friends. They appear in the post Day, Night, Week, Month, Cook.
Michael – my first and longest-lived “imaginary friend,” who first appeared when I was eight or nine years old. He appears in these posts: Michael, Contact, Talking Cure, House, Precious, Vault, Michaela, and more to come.
Rich – A friend of Michael’s parents and Michael’s godfather, who comes to Eastern Europe a year after their death to rescue Michael from his uncle’s house and bring him to America. He appears in House, Talking Cure, Contact.
Tuan – my younger brother
Seven – the first of my Little Girls to appear in upcoming posts.
Four – the most excitable of the Little Girls
Baby – the most contented of the Little Girls
Teen – the saddest of the Little Girls
Eight – the most troubled of the Little Girls