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4321 by Paul Auster


EDITOR:
Ai Smith
Major Characters Only (MCO)
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·       Archie Ferguson: The protagonist of the novel, a man who lives four different lives in four different timelines. He is a writer, a teacher, a husband, and a father. He is also a complex and contradictory character, who is both kind and cruel, brilliant and foolish, lucky and unlucky.

·       **Eleanor **(née Kaplan) Ferguson: Archie's wife in three of the four timelines. She is a kind and compassionate woman who is devoted to Archie and their children. She is also a talented artist who is struggling to find her place in the world.

·       Samantha Ferguson: Archie and Eleanor's daughter in three of the four timelines. She is a bright and curious girl who is struggling to find her place in the world. She is also a talented musician who is determined to make her own way in life.

·       **William **(Bill) Ferguson: Archie and Eleanor's son in three of the four timelines. He is a brilliant and gifted mathematician who is determined to make a difference in the world. He is also a troubled and withdrawn boy who is struggling to come to terms with his own genius.

·       Paul Auster: A fictionalized version of the author himself, who appears in two of the four timelines. He is a writer, a teacher, and a husband. He is also a complex and contradictory character, who is both kind and cruel, brilliant and foolish, lucky and unlucky.

·       David Zimmer: A friend of Archie's in three of the four timelines. He is a brilliant and gifted literary scholar who is struggling to find his place in the world. He is also a troubled and withdrawn man who is haunted by his own past.

·       **Lily **(née Kaplan) Zimmer: David's wife in three of the four timelines. She is a kind and compassionate woman who is devoted to David and their children. She is also a talented artist who is struggling to find her place in the world.

·       **Robert **(Bobby) Zimmer: David and Lily's son in three of the four timelines. He is a brilliant and gifted mathematician who is determined to make a difference in the world. He is also a troubled and withdrawn boy who is struggling to come to terms with his own genius.

 

 



 

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