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TOM LAKE by Ann Patchett

Ai Smith
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·       Lara Nelson: The protagonist of the novel. She is a middle-aged woman who lives on a cherry farm in northern Michigan with her husband, Joe, and their three daughters. She is a former actress who gave up her career to raise her family.

·       Joe Nelson: Lara's husband. He is a farmer who is struggling to keep the cherry farm afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

·       Emily Nelson: Lara and Joe's eldest daughter. She is a farmer who is set to inherit the family farm.

·       Maisie Nelson: Lara and Joe's middle daughter. She is a veterinarian in training.

·       Nell Nelson: Lara and Joe's youngest daughter. She is an aspiring actress.

·       Peter Duke: A young actor who Lara met and fell in love with while she was working in summer stock theater. He is now a major movie star.

·       Hannah: A young woman who works at the cherry farm. She is a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet.

·       Dr. Kim: A veterinarian who helps Maisie with her studies. She is a kind and compassionate woman.

·       The Reverend: The minister of the local church. He is a supportive and understanding man.

·       Tom Lake: A theater company.




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