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Julie on the cover

All of the characters that appear in Barry Denenberg's One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping.

Main characters[]

Julie Weiss[]

Main article: Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss (born January 1)[1]

Supporting characters[]

Anna Weiss[]

Anna[2] Weiss ("Mother"; died April 15, 1938)[3] was the mother of Max and Julie, and the wife of Benjamin.

Benjamin Weiss[]

Dr. Benjamin[4] Weiss ("Daddy"; July 15,[5] ? – June 1938)[4]

Clara Singer[]

Martin Singer[]

Martin Singer (died 1941)[4]

Max Weiss[]

Max Weiss (born July 15,[5] 1919)[6]


Milli was one of the Weiss family's household staff. Julie described her as being on the "plain side" and that she resembled an owl with glasses. Milli had been working for them since before Max was born. She was often in charge of training new staff members and helping Anna with her dinner parties. Julie felt close to Milli as she was one of the few adults whom really listened to her.

Sophy Marcus[]

Sophy Marcus[4] was Julie's best friend

Minor characters[]

  • Ernst Resch
  • Eva Singer was the only daughter of Clara and Martin Singer. At seventeen, she began dating a twenty-six-year-old man. She promised her parents that she would end their relationship, but she did not and instead became pregnant. Though the man had disappeared, Eva decided to have her baby. Her parents sent her to Nantucket, where she died of complications during childbirth.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Heller
  • Richard was the Weiss' chauffeur. Julie thought he might have liked Milli.
  • Ruth[4] Sachs
  • Susie Cooper[4]

Epilogue characters[]


See also[]

Dear America characters
Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

Lists of characters by book

A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?