Brilliant vignettes bringing to life a lost corner of the Berkshires which might have been a section of the Kentucky mountains. A unique bit of Americana, vivid, dramatic, poignant, horrifying, unforgetable. There is Old Man Preston who blamed the world for his poverty; Sue Briggs who did a laborer's work and had one adventure into civilization with the woman who tried to be grand lady of the manor; Warren Davis, the homesick painter, who found life and love in the Valley; Twin Houses and their aura of horror and mystery, where lived the miser Jeremiah Akin and his mad wife; Stefan and Leokadia and their brood; Sarah the Jewess and her consumptive Irish husband; the Ferrises, she guarding the piano for the daughter who did not come, he lusting and drinking his way through life; Aunt Julia with her madness and her constant suitors; Cassou, officer turned bootlegger. Sell to those who liked Stars Fall on Alabama and Mount Peacock. It strikes a kindred note in each of these -- and should appeal to the same markets.