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  • Lily 
  • "Unwanted. I was an unwanted baby." (Kidd 248).
  • Rosaleen 
  • August
  • "Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about." (Kidd 148). 
  • Lily is the protagonist and narrator of her story. She is a fourteen year old white teenager growing up in Sylvan, South Carolina. She is struggling with the death of her mother and guilt. Shes unhappy.
  • T.Ray 
  • Rosaleen is the only mother figure Lily knows of for most of her life. She is a black housekeeper/nanny whom T-Ray pulls out of the feilds to care for his daughter after is wife was killed. 
  • June 
  • "But she's white, August." (Kidd 87).
  • August takes care of her two sisters and provides a warm, safe community for them and for other friends. August most important function in the novel is to help Lily on her way to maturity and acceptance of  herself as a good human being.
  • May 
  • T.Ray is Lily's dad but she calls him T.Ray. T.Ray is cruel,bitter and beats Lily.He hates that Deborah left and takes it out on Lily because she looks like her mother. 
  • June is mean and doesn't like Lily in the beginning. June is racist towards Lily. She ends up liking Lily. 
  • May is very emotional and breaks over every little thing. She became very depressed after her sister April killed herself. May drowns herself in the river. 
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