The daughter of the late critic and longtime New York Times reviewer Anatole Broyard debuts with eight stories that break little new ground but are readable, well-crafted, entirely unaffectedâ€”and consequently of considerable appeal. In the title story, a young woman named Kate, as her father is dying from cancer, remembers his love of dancing'something he did wonderfullyâ€”all the way back to her own very early childhood, when she stood on his feet as he moved her around the living-room rug. In "Mr. Sweetly Indecent," an equally touching father story though more loosely told, a young woman sees her father kissing another womanâ€”and is seen by him as she looks. Lucy Baldwin, engaged to be married, invites her father for a visit to the lake cabin that she keeps up partly because he once loved it dearlyâ€”as he still does, though his second wife (â€”At the Bottom of the Lakeâ€”) is a citified snob and shrew who dislikes it and ruins the visit for everyoneâ€”though resulting in one of the best stories in the volume. A girl named Pilar lives with Max but is infatuated with a famous musician who calls her from the road for love-whispering (â€”Loose Talkâ€”); a schoolgirl named Celia, in the funniest piece, has a father who's a professional writerâ€”though when he helps her with a paper, it gets only a C-plus (â€”The Trouble with Mr. Leopoldâ€”); and "Ugliest Faces," if at moments far-fetched, shows post-college love, sex, and guilt being tested. Two closing tales are set in Connecticut, where an Eloise-like girl named Lily has a famous father (â€”A Day in the Countryâ€”) and then, years later, has an epiphany about her own sexuality that's quite remarkable indeed (â€”Snowed Inâ€”). Stories from an author showing a steady hand and eye, a large heart, and an admirable aversion to trend, fad, or pose of any sort. All eyes should be open, looking for more.