The '20's have been variously depicted from Fitzgerald on, but Babs Deal has her own fresh touch, and, while this is also a book about youth in a small Alabama town, it is more disturbing than the earlier Acres of Afternoon. Though the story continues to the present and migrates to Florida and Cape Canaveral, it is mostly concentrated on the earlier years, on a group of youngsters in their middle teens, and on Eileen Holder. The kids, who like hard liquor better than cokes, petting parties in car seats rather than picnics, are a mixed up bunch- the casualties of ill adjustments and false values at home. Eileen, always a stabilizing figure, is the support and confidante of most of them- and these years from youth to age (as a grandmother) cover vast changes in American life. The book, while not probing too deeply, conveys a good deal of it.