They’re all characters in Salvation Run by Mary Gardner.
The cover is a biker on a Harley, and the book takes place in small-town Minnesota. So – being a biker and living in small-town Minnesota – I naturally had to check it out.
It wasn’t what I expected. It’s more a study of characters than a story with a plot line (in fact, it doesn’t really “end” in the sense that the author leaves much of the “resolution” up in the air, leaving the reader to wonder what the characters make of themselves). Like other more “literary” novels I’ve read, I found it slightly stand-offish and difficult to really empathize with any particular character (even the biker).
The biker is just one character in a somewhat large “cast” and the story is not really about him. As different as the characters are, their lives are intertwined in interesting ways. If you like the study of people and like to wonder why they do what they do, you’ll enjoy this book. But if you’re looking for action or suspense, you might be disappointed.