A regional novel that deserves a wider recognition than it is apt to get -- so don't overlook it. Not strictly a novel, for the slender thread of plot is subordinated to the vigorous picture of a family in North Carolina at the turn of the century, a family that epitomizes that middle ground of small landowners, a phase of the South seldom represented. There is something of the homely quality of Della Lutes' The Country Kitchen, with the rhythm of changing seasons reflected in the things they did, the foods they ate. There is none of the backward looking nostalgia of the Lutes' book, however, but perhaps more the pace of Gladys Hasty Carroll's As The Earth Turns. Events mark the plot stream, -- an eclipse, excursions of various kinds, picnics, birth, baptism, death, marriage, soon hunting, pig killing, the round of happenings in a family that, with its ramifications, compassed various levels of Carolina's social heritage.