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  • lily
  • i was shocked over him being so handsome.
  • Rosaleen
  • i think people in general , would rather die than forgive. Its that hard.
  • August
  • “Not just to love—but to persist in love” 
  • lily begins the novel at age fourteen, a sad girl who has experienced far more than most have at her age. She lives in Sylvan, South Carolina, with her father, T. Ray, and her housekeeper, Rosaleen
  • T. ray
  • Rosaleen is the only mother figure Lily knows for most of her life. She is the black housekeeper/nanny whom T. Ray pulls out of the fields to care for his daughter after his wife is killed.
  • Zach
  • "I don’t know if I’ll have much of a future either.” “Why not? You’re not an orphan.” “No,” he said. “I’m a Negro
  •  A middle-aged black woman who welcomes Lily into her home.August lives in a pink house in Tiburon, South Carolina, with her two sisters, May and June. Together, May, June, and August are known as “the calendar sisters.”
  • May
  •  T. Ray is Lily's father, a bitter, cruel man who takes his anger out on Lily. The source of that anger is Deborah's abandonment.
  • “The truth is your mother ran off and left you.
  • Zach is a black boy who works on the honey farm assisting August with beekeeping. He is smart and is a talented football player. He has aspirations to become a lawyer
  • May found great sadness in the pain of others. When an unpleasant or sad topic would be brought up in a room, she would hum, "Oh Susannah" and leave. She built a wailing wall as a catharsis for her pain, but she remained unable to bear the weight of the world. She ultimately took her own life as well.
  • Im just going to lay it down now. its my time to die , and its your time to live. Dont mess it up.
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