Rasheed physical trait: black hair, dark eyes, older - mid 40's and tall character traits: a widowed shoemaker whose first wife and son died many years before his marriage to 15-year-old Mariam. he is abusive mental and physical quote: "You try this again and I will find you And, when I do, there isn't a court in this godforsaken country that will hold me accountable for what I will do."
Laila physical traits: blonde hair, blue eyes, soft smile and short character traits: the youngest child and only daughter of Hakim and Fariba. Laila's independence are challenged when she decides to marry Rasheed in order to give her unborn child by Tariq a father. quote: Laila crawled to her and again put her head on Mariam's lap. She remembered all the afternoons they'd spent together, braiding each other's hair, Mariam listening patiently to her random thought and ordinary stories with an air of gratitude, with the expression of a person to whom a unique and coveted privilege had been extended.
zalmai physical traits: black hair, brown eyes, short, very young character traits: is Rasheed and Laila's son who, although somewhat spoiled by Rasheed, is still a kind and caring .