Voices speak, faces appear, moments and images come and go,"" softly, for the most part, in this first person retrospective of Benjamin Federov's life as he watches his youngster during a ball game. The almost nine innings add up to some fifty years and they are gravid with a sense of mood and memory. Actually there's something of the sweet-sharp nostalgia of a much younger Shaw (i.e. Girls in Their Summer Dresses). There are lots of girls here too all through Federov's life-- in school; in college; at the start of the war when he met and quickly married Peggy; during it- ""a war is a long time""- when there was Leah; and after when he began to feel ""surrounded"" by Peggy. Then too there are childhood scenes in a Russian-Jewish first generation ""mespucheh""; others of the death of his father; a summer at camp; a wretched evening at a country club; etc., etc. Shaw's Voices all echo transient experience and while they don't say anything really important, they are seductively easy to listen to. April Literary Guild dual selection.