A group of short stories with the common denominator of relief background during the years of the depression. Each story, expressing the varied reactions to being on relief, is told in the first person, using the illiterate language of the person portrayed. There's a note of resigned bitterness throughout; there's the feeling of man's inhumanity to man, of the inequality of life's opportunities, and so on. The plots range from lynching to romance, and many of the stories, caustic though they are, might develop the potentials of God's Little Acre or Tobacco Road. With strong human values, they are thought provoking. Nedra Tyre is someone to watch.