There's no puppy fat on these slight short stories whose author, now 21, is not much older (or probably very different from) the Jerry Gordon who figures in all of them. They have had partial magazine appearance, and one or two are just too fractional to include in book form, but Just Fine, one of the best, was chosen by Story magazine for an award as the best college work of short fiction. In this ne Jerry is a scared youngster riding a skittery horse in a rodeo. The title story deals with his eighth grade sexual initiation. And in Homecoming he returns to his father's funeral. Most of the stories have a southwestern setting except for two which find Jerry at an Eastern boarding school... Mayer's touch is nice and natural as he writes about youthful experience while not adding very much to it.