By the stories completion, I felt great sadness for all three of the Native American women depicted by Dorris. Their lives have been so challenging but failure to candidly share their trials pushes these mothers and daughters apart rather then bringing them together. Yes, in the end they share a meal, watch television and talk peripherally, but the reader is privy to details of what makes each women who they are. If only these characters had shared more with each other, there relationships could have been stronger. How interesting that the author shared with the reader, but choose not to have the characters divulge to one another.