From her half century of writing the author collects twenty six of her short stories and two of her recent ones for a volume which offers an accent on human dignity, the problems of living and the ability to withstand the will to hurt. Her prologue is a loving and delightful portrait of her mother as a person and as the source of her interest in people and writing. From lives nearest at hand -- in Vermont, in the Deaque country, during war years, among mothers, fathers, children and families -- come these plain, low relief stories which read freshly against sordid material current, present. Situation, character and place are combined for tales that are forthright, whether it's Ann Story, a Revolutionary heroine, or The Murder on Jefferson Street, a longer piece devoted to a shattered psyche; that are understanding and warm without becoming blurred in sentimentality. A happy solution for conservative tastes and of appeal for those who have followed her writing.