A cross-sectioning of the Vermont countryside and village life, through the relentless revealing of the sordid, unhappy, rebellious, unsuccessful aspects of the lives of young and old throughout the region. Episode by episode, generation by generation, in successive flashes and incidents. Sex reares its head continually -- strident, perverted, thwarted. There is birth and there is death -- and always unhappiness. Extremely well done, but unpleasant in its implications -- and the reading public is looking for books of escape. Author is daughter of the poet.