Four "novellas" or long short stories, in Negro dialect, hard-clipped, dynamic, illustrating the fact of continued servitude of black to white. Lynching, flood and death, rape, "relief" -- current problems which give a certain topical value to the content of the stories from the social angle. The author won the $500 prize for the best manuscript submitted by the W. P. A. Writers' Project. He writes well, with a sparsity of detail which tells more through its very restraint. Faithful reproduction of Negro speech and thought.