The author is a master of the short story form (his earlier books, however, were two novels- Town Burning and The Night of Trees). Some of the titles in this collection have appeared elsewhere; one is an O. Henry prize winner and all have prize potential. The first story, A High New House, demonstrates Mr. Williams' unerring eye for the nerve- wracking detail as the hero tires for the small utopia of a perfectly arranged life and house, only to be invaded by the world, his neighbors, and life in general in all the small, instantly recognizable ways. The intensified conflicts of the old, the confrontations of middle- age, the abrupt insights of youth are all here and all well and tastefully revealed. These are today's problems examined and focused by a unique talent.