Three short novels, which are hard to compress into one brief paragraph report. Kay Boyle's sense of mood, her use of implication, her tensity, gives everything she writes a sharp dramatic impact. She is at her best in the shortened form of novel. The lead story, which gives the title to the book, is a brilliant piece of writing, a moving story of a weakling husband and a dominating wife, and a daughter, under the mother's spell. In the purchase of a gelding as a gesture of rebellion, and in the price he pays for his ignorance, is symbolized the relations between the three. A brilliant piece of psychological writing, and the best of three unusual stories. All the stories say almost as much by innuendo as they do by incident, which makes it difficult to convey the impression of the whole. The market should be similar to that secured for Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter.