1. Anna’s story begins on a somber note. Not much is going right in her life. And yet she still seems to have a smidgeon of hope. Why do you think that is? Can you relate?
2. Not uncommon in Native American philosophy, the river is almost like a character in this story. Describe why you think Anna was so moved by it. Have you ever been moved by a geographical location? Explain.
3. Like many American’s in this melting pot country, Anna’s heritage is diverse. How do you think that was helpful or harmful to her?
4. Describe what you think Marion (Anna’s mother) and Pearl’s (Anna’s grandmother) relationship was like when Marion was younger.
5. Anna remembers how her family had to “make do” during the Depression, lamenting that it’s too bad people don’t live like that today. What is something you’d like to “return” to if you could?