- Sam and Edith Mendel: unhappily married; Sam is in love with Antonia Blass.
- Anna: married, Baptist.
- Rachel: Orthodox Jew.
- Stephen: married to Camilla.
- Antonio Blass: widow of Fred Blass; in love with Sam Mendel
The daughter is Toni Adler; her best friend (from Montessori school) is Ashley Parker.
Mark Adler is in love with the Sophie to Montessori school teacher.
- Arthur and Gregory live on Antonia's building in NYC and are old friends