These stories are different; it is hard to know just how to put a finger on the whys and wherefores. There's a freshness of handling of perhaps jaded -- and frequently unpleasant subjects. The people are often bitter and disillusioned and lost souls -- but they live in these pages. One has a sense of clutching at life -- people on the periphery-false standards -- phony points of view, and yet through all of the stories one has a sense of looking in on reality, bits of life. For the essential quality of the writing, read Totentanz for its macabre humor, The Wrong Set for an oddly twisted approach to values, Raspberry Jam, for a perceptive understanding of child psychology. And watch this author.