An extraordinary book -- a beautiful book -- but at times almost an incomprehensible book. Fiction? Fact? It is difficult to pigeonhole it, but the publishers are issuing it as non-fiction. This is the story of a place, a grove with all nature compressed in one small spot of beauty, with the tide of westward passage sweeping over and around and through it. Starting with the early Indian settlers, then the coming of the French, then a new Indian tribe. The approach of the covered wagons and the first white settlers, and the story of the Goodners, the founding of a frontier race. The Atlantic is bringing out three installments of it, which will give it an impetus in the field of intellectual readers. Peattie's name means sales, to a discriminating market. This is a book with a real chance for build-up among the wider reading public who read (or buy) on ""snob appeal"".