Study Guide

Animal Dreams Characters

By Barbara Kingsolver

Cosima "Codi" Noline

So you thought people usually have the big stuff in life worked out by their early thirties?...

Homer "Doc" Noline

Doc Homer has lived his whole life hiding from a bad reputation. He and his family were the black...

Halimeda "Hallie" Noline

If John Steinbeck had written Animal Dreams, we'd encounter Hallie sitting under a tree—or...

Loyd Peregrina

Ladies and gentlemen, take notes, because Loyd Peregrina is the perfect man...even if he does...

Emelina Domingos

Back in the glory days of Grace High School, Emelina Domingos was named "Lucky in Love" in her...

Viola Domingos

Viola is J.T.'s mom and Emelina's mom-in-law. In this female-centric novel, she's a way bigger...

J.T. Domingos

Juan Teobaldo (J.T.) Domingos is the railroading husband of Emelina. We don't learn a huge amount...

The Domingos Sons

Emelina's five sons are pretty delightful. We only get a few short glimpses of their lives, but...

Doña Althea

Doña Althea came here to be sassy and make papier-mâché peacocks, and she's...

The Stitch and B**** Club

The Stitch and B**** Club is basically the Grace, Arizona version of the Sons of Anarchy, except...

Uda Dell

In our opinion, Uda doesn't get nearly enough respect in this novel. First of all, she basically...

Carlo

Carlo is one of the first characters we meet in Animal Dreams. He's the guy Codi has been dating...

Leander Peregrina

We never meet Leander, but the twin brother Loyd lost at fifteen is still a major figure in the...

Jack the Dog

Yeah, we know he's a dog and not a person, but even though he never says a word, this pooch is a...

Sean Rideheart

Sean Rideheart shows up late in the narrative. His name, Rideheart, and his white hair make him a...

Alice Kimball

Codi meets Alice on the bus ride out of Grace. She's wearing a jogging suit and reading a...

Loyd's Family

Loyd's family is Apache, Pueblo, and Navajo. They're scattered all across the area from Grace to...

Minor Characters

Cissy Ramon is a low-down, good-for-nothing type who wears green nail polish and doesn't keep her...