An amusing and interesting if uneven first collection of stories--short, quirky, and sometimes surreal--from Major, author of such strong recent novels as My Amputations, Such Was The Season and Painted Turtle: Woman with Guitar. The nearly 20 pieces gathered here have an attractive feel of youthful experimentation about them. The title story is an intriguing tale of a nameless man obsessed with three different women; he lives with the coldest of them (""Mary is having a miscarriage. I ask if there's anything I can do. She says no just stay out of my way"") and has affairs with the others, until Mary decides to leave him. More conventional is ""My Mother and Mitch,"" a poignant coming-of-age story of a black child whose single mother falls in love with a white man who has dialed the wrong number--although when they actually meet, he stops calling. And ""Old"" beautifully explores life from the point of view of an old white man living out his days in a neighborhood that has turned black. Minor Major, to be sure, but rewarding all the same.