10. Mma Makutsi in
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series
Mma Makutsi scored an astounding 97% at
Botswana Secretarial College,
but she longs to be more than just a secretary
at a detective agency.
9. The Little Seamstress
from Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Luo finds a stash of illegal classical novels
during Mao's Cultural Revolution
and shares them with an uneducated tailor's daughter,
changing the lives of everyone in the story.
8. Manny Rat, Muskrat, and C. Serpetina from
The Mouse and His Child
Lots of wonderful minor characters in this
classic story of a mouse and his son
who seek to find a way to
7. The Family and the Animals from
My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell
Who is zanier? Durrell's family
or the animals they take on as pets
during the five years they live
on a Greek island.
6. Julia from
Julie and Julia
You get to know Julia Childs
quite well as Julie
attempts to cook something every day from
Childs' brilliant Mastering the Art
of French Cooking.
5. The Dead Wife from
His wife is long dead,
yet she becomes a fascinating character
in this novel about how a man's
perception of his wife changes
upon discovering an old photograph of her.
4. The Office from
Then We Came to the End
Like many good books,
the setting becomes a strong
minor character in this novel that tells the story of
the struggles of a group of people
in an anonymous office
that is having great troubles of its own.
3. Ludo from
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Mrs. Palfrey moves down in life
to live at the once-reputable Claremont.
She meets a young struggling writer
who brightens her bleak life.
2. Turtle Wexler,
Flora Baumbach, Christos Theodorakis, Denton Deere,
Denton Deere, J.J. Ford, Alexander McSouthers,
Grace Wexler, James Hoo, Berthe Erica Crowe,
Otis Amber, Douglas Hoo, Theo Theodorakis,
Sydelle Pulaski, Angela Wexler, Sandy Hoo, Jake Wexler
from The Westing Game
Sixteen potential heirs try to solve the mystery of
who killed Samuel Westing.
1. Lula, Ranger, and Grandma Mazur in
the Stephanie Plum mystery series
You just have to love these
ridiculous minor characters
in this little mystery series.
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