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Vera Wanderdale in Out of the Dust

By Karen Hesse

Vera Wanderdale

Arley's wife, Vera, is his partner in his music ventures and is quite the vocal talent herself. It's partly because of her that Billie Jo is allowed to go on tour with the Black Mesa Boys early in the story, as she provides the female influence Ma wants to "keep an eye on" (28.2) Billie Jo.