The Characters of Libba Bray's The Diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners by Libba Bray


Information about my copy:

Hardcover, 584 pages
In case you were wondering, HL730L
Below: The book trailer.
Below that: Character breakdown
Even farther below: The Pentacle Murders Newsreel (based on what happens in The Diviners)

I’m going to tell you upfront that The Diviners is massive. And it reads like an ensemble drama. And it’s set in the Roaring 20s, complete with Flappers, bootleg alcohol and underground clubs.That said, I’m going to give you a rundown of some of the characters, so maybe you can keep them straight.

Evie, who I feel is the main character, is sent from Ohio to New York to live with her uncle because she’s gotten in trouble one too many times for her parents to handle. Except that they don’t know that she has a power, of sorts.  Evie’s uncle, Will, runs the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies — which displays all sorts of occult stuff. Jericho works for Will in the museum. Evie’s friend Mabel lives on a different floor and they get into all kinds of trouble together.

Evie, who half wants to help her uncle’s museum and half wants to see her name in the papers, gets involved with T. S. Woodhouse, who is a reporter. Woodhouse is really only interested in making a name for himself.

Evie and Mabel become friends with Theta, who also lives in their building. Theta is a chorus girl. She lives with Henry, and he’s not her brother. Henry actually plays piano for the show Theta is in.

With me so far? Okay, let’s keep going.

Theta likes Memphis who runs numbers illegally. He has a brother, Isaiah, who has premonitions. They live in New York with their Aunt Octavia. She’s a little overprotective. On their street is Blind Bill, who used to be able to see but now he can’t and you’ll find out why if you get into the story. Memphis is also friends with Gabe, who is a trumpet player, which, unrelatedly made me think of Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes. You know, “Blow Gabriel Blow.”

Because I don’t want to give anything away about the plot of the story, I only included the characters that connect to Evie and are not the antagonist of the story. But the story is supernatural in nature. So there’s supernatural-y stuff. And characters connected to Evie in that way.

If I missed anyone and how they’re connected, which I’m fairly sure I did, leave it in the comments.

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