Books: Front Porch Vision

THE ANGEL AND THE SAILOR (217 pp.)-Calvin Kentfield-McGraw-Hill ($3.50).

A short story, like a baseball pitch, either goes over the plate or misses. Most of promising young (32) Author Kentfield's stories go right over the plate. But he is more to be praised for control than change of pace, for most of his tales travel the arc of boy-into-man.

The initiation rites begin in a small Mississippi River town in the '30s, with several of the stories pivoting around two youngsters named Jason and Ira Garrett. In Chip Canary, Jason tangles with the town queer woman, Elizabeth Minerva Stretch. She is a monstrous...

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