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Maintained By: oakling

Cast of Thousands was my very first novel for National Novel-Writing Month. It's a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in sunny Davis, California with two moms, one gassy cat, and a growing sense that she is different - but is she just different from her younger self, or from all her peers?

Core Cast of Characters

Jessica: Twelve years old, running around with long hair flying and often-skinned knees bared. An aspiring zine author who once wanted to be a goldfish when she grew up.

Mom: Jessica's "one mom," Joyce - a practical and relaxed woman who has the comfortable habit of never worrying about trivialties like grape juice stains on the carpet. Refinishes and builds "fancy furniture."

Moms: Jessica's other mom, and a cascade of characters herself:

    Dorian: One of the Moms, a laid-back and funny woman.

    Gail: Jess' practical and loving older sister.

    Jack: Jess' uncle, an affable and welcoming man who taught her how to ride a bike.

    Kelly: Another mom, involved with Jess' Girl Scout Troop. A bit of a worrier.

    Kitten: Jess' bouncy, sparkly little sister and best friend, at least when she was younger.

    Tommy: A shy but friendly four year old who loves firetrucks...

... among others.

1 A Tree Grows In Davis (fiction) oakling writeup
2 cattle prod (fiction) oakling writeup
3 Count Fartula (fiction) oakling writeup
4 Davis Bookstore Reviews (fiction) oakling writeup
5 free writing (fiction) oakling writeup
6 Jingle Bells (fiction) oakling writeup
7 Multiple Personality Disorder from the Inside Out (fiction) oakling writeup
8 permission slip (fiction) oakling writeup
9 Personal Zine (fiction) oakling writeup
10 Prima donna (fiction) oakling writeup
11 Rainbow City (fiction) oakling writeup
12 Strega Nona (fiction) oakling writeup
13 The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls Making a Zine (fiction) oakling writeup
14 The Secret Lives of Girls (fiction) oakling writeup
15 thou (fiction) oakling writeup
16 Whipped Cream and Other Delights (fiction) oakling writeup
17 My Family (fiction) oakling writeup
18 Chocolate chip pancakes (fiction) oakling writeup
19 O.K. Corral (fiction) oakling writeup