Study Guide

This Boy's Life Characters

By Tobias Wolff

Toby "Jack" Wolff

The great thing about real people is that they don't need a lot of embellishment to be rich or...

Dwight

Ah, Dwight. What can one say about an insecure, obsessive compulsive, verbally abuse, drunk,...

Rosemary Wolff

Rosemary is Jack's mom and she's kind of a hot mess:My mother had faith in me. She didn't have...

Roy

Arthur Gayle

Chuck Bolger

Chuck is the most prominent of Jack's various hooligan friends. He comes from a religious family...

Mr. Bolger

Chuck's dad "owned a big auto parts store near Van Horn, and was also a minister of the...

Arthur Wolff

Arthur is Jack's real father, who Jack puts a lot of faith in and who constantly ends up letting...

Sister James

Sister James teaches Jack in Salt Lake City: She feared we would spend our time with friends from...

Pearl

Dwight's youngest daughter is "pinch-faced and scrawny, and on the back of her head she had a...

Skipper

Norma

Norma is Jack's elder step-sister, who he has a crush on and who may be one of the reasons he's...

Mr. Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is Jack's civics teacher, a World War II vet and a rather toxic anti-Semite among...

Geoffrey Wolff

Geoffrey is Jack's older brother, who seems to be the only one in the family with a sense of...

Bobby Crow

Mr. Howard

Mr. Howard is Jack's possible salvation: an alumni of Hill who seems really excited by Jack's...

Kenneth

Kenneth is Norma's doom, the boy she passes over Bobby Crow to marry for reasons that aren't...

Marian

Marian is an early nemesis of Jack's, a large, loud woman with "arms as thick as a man's," (5.4)....

Tina Flood