21 short stories which reveal an extraordinary perceptiveness of the mentality, the emotional values, the humanity of the poor whites, tenant farmers, black and white, of the North Carolina tobacco lands. Repeatedly the stories introduce some phase or other of the place of camp meetings and revivals, of the dangerous hysteria that results, of the backsliding that is worse than the original sin. Recurrently, one gets a sense of the hopeless struggle against white domination, white conviction that the underdog cannot rise. A few of the stories touch on emotional relations between the races; some with conjure- with superstition; others with marriages, externally unemotional, internally frustrated by feeling which can find no expression. There is occasional humor, but more pathos. Paul Green, a prize winning dramatist, can write-with a poignancy that does not descend to the sentimental or the mawkish.