1. The Annas
The Annas, previously known as the Meringues and the Penny Loafers, are a fictional girl group from the 1960s. Anna Dubower sang lead vocals and her sister Trudy Dubower and their cousin Doris (Sweet) McClain. The Annas had two number 1 records though soon fell off the charts as the British Invasion swept through the U.S. The Annas tried one last shot at a number 1 hit with Love Will Cut You Like a Knife but the song didn’t receive its dues until 30 years later.
2. Dink Stephenson
Dink is the main character of Meet the Annas. We follow him throughout his years in the 1960’s with the Group and also during present times. Dink was one of two song writers for the group The Annas. Dink has an introverted personality and doesn’t like confrontation. Dink had relations with both Trudy and Anna Dubower and fell deeply in love with Anna. One night Dink proposed to Anna on the rooftop of his apartment. After Anna’s death Dink became in Arizona.
3. Anna Dubower
Anna is the lead singer of the girl group The Annas. Anna is described as mysterious yet energetic and intriguing. Anna was somewhat promiscuous and had the men around her memorized. Anna died in January 1967 when the Annas producer forced Anna to get an unconventional abortion. Anna was poisoned by the mixture of medication intended to kill the baby inside her.
Throughout the book, Dink has to deal with the deaths of people close to him. First, Dink’s mother is shot during a robbery close to her New York City apartment. Anna Dubower dies less than a year later from a drug overdose before she has a chance to respond to Dink’s outstanding proposal. Punky Solomon, the Annas boy genius producer, was shot in front of Dink’s eyes in Dink’s hotel room 30 years later.
5. Anna’s Secrecy
Anna was a very confidential person. She didn’t like to burden others with her problems. Through out the book we begin to discover more about her life. Anna had a child when she was 17. She put the baby girl up for adoption and never saw little Jennifer again. Anna was also pregnant when she died. The father of Anna’s baby is a mystery until Dink gets a hold of Anna’s diary from the year leading up to her death.
6. Love Will Cut You Like a Knife
This was the last record the Annas made before Anna Dubower’s death. The words are ironic because they mirror what Dink feels about Anna. At the time of the record’s release, it didn’t do very well on the charts but 30 years later it’s now all over the media.
7. Punky Solomon
Punky Solomon is the Anna’s producer. Punky doesn’t have a very complex vocabulary but is a musical genius. He is described as almost having a 6th sense for music. He can hear things that turn his particular music into something greater. Punky is cool and calm but if he’s worked up he’s uncontrollable. Punky is shot and killed by Manny Gold over the truth of Anna’s death.
8. Rock and Roll
As the British Invasion took over the United States, there was little room for anything else. Early during their first tour, the Beatles opened for the Annas concerts. As the Beatles and the Rolling Stones began to increase in popularity, the Annas’ music was pushed aside and dropped from the charts.
Meet the Annas takes place in both New York and Los Angeles in the mid 1960s. It also takes place in New York during present day. These cities during the 1960s were mysterious and glamorous. The lives of rock stars in Los Angeles were a surreal series of parties and hotel rooms during this time.
Currently, Dink is suing Manny Gold and Punky Solomon for the royalties to Love Will Cut You Like a Knife. The record reads that Punky and Manny had an equal contribution to writing Knife along with Dink and Princess. Dink is now fighting to prove that they were not contributors to the recent hit. Dink’s case is strong and though in the book the verdict is not clearly stated, it’s assumed that Dink will win.