This has both charm and quality in minor key, a contemporary first novel which presents with perception a young girl's emotional setbacks, wrong turns, and eventual adaptation. Living at the edge of a Cape Cod town, Debby, her brother-in-law, Ellie, and sister, Agnes, were recognized -- and almost -- accepted as natives. Making a haphazard livelihood through fishing, guiding, training bird dogs, indifferent to social gesture and gossip, all this made Debby -- at nineteen -- independent of people. Gauche, proud, vulnerable, appealing, it is Joel, a summer visitor, who first shows up the fact that she is different; his departure, not to come back, makes her turn on herself. Smoothing up, running around with a hard set and a crude insurance broker, she eventually gets back to her old life with Joel's return. Good on many counts, its genuine feeling of the Cape Cod sea and woods, its modulated writing, and its exceptionally appealing heroine, this is a very pleasant first.