Fall 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 5 Book Reviews |

More Misses than Hits

James P. Degnan MORE MISSES THAN HITS A SENSE OF THE PRESENT by William Phillips. Chilmark Press, $5.75. WHERE SHE BRUSHED HER HAIR by Max Steele. Harper and Brothers, $5.95. NIGHT IN FUNLAND by William Peden. Louisiana State Uni- versity Press, $5.00. IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY by William Gass. Harper and Brothers, $4.95. Of the three collections made up entirely of stories, Mr. Steele's is by far the most successful. Unlike Mr. Gass. who is more poet than story- teller, Mr. Steele never per- mits his narratives to bog down in detail for the sake of detail; and, unlike Mr. Peden, Mr. Steele is seldom sloppy and tiresome. His stories are, with some exceptions, well- made and interesting. Like so many contemporary American writers-specially Southem writers-he is at his best writ- ing about childhood. Particu- larly successful stories-each of them a recollection of child- hood in the South in the early 1930s-are "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers," "Big Goat. Little Goat,"

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By James P. Degnan

James P. Degnan MORE MISSES THAN HITS A SENSE OF THE PRESENT by William Phillips. Chilmark Press, $5.75. WHERE SHE BRUSHED HER HAIR by Max Steele. Harper and Brothers, $5.95. […]

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