This first novel by whose short stories- at Night in the attachments of a family with a vague Eastern European past and a much more immediate present. It opens and closes when laura holds a small party to celebrate the engagement of her niece Carola, but this is a somewhat is to marry a former husband of her sister, Camco, and Cam, not on this account, has recently attempted to commit suicide. In between, and back and forth in time, this fills in the unhappy personal histories of this family, their experimentation and failure to find either security or serenity. Not only but Carola, their father and their cousin Polly, Labra's child and the only byproduct of an unsatisfactory marriage, provide an alternating, intimate first person record and review of their experiences. Disturbed as much of this is, Miss Beigel's intensity of manner gives this a momentum and a conviction it might not have had otherwise.