Books: Straight Arrow

ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE

by GRACE PALEY 198 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

$6.95.

In the second of these 17 short stories, a woman writer remarks, "There is a long time in me between knowing and telling." Grace Paley must have taken particular pleasure in zinging that line at her readers. She enjoys little collusive asides, and heaven knows she is a deliberate writer. Her only other book, The Little Disturbances of Man, was also a collection of stories.

Paley's fiction is intensely urban. Most of her stories are about women in domestic...

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