Books: Neighbors

SHILOH AND OTHER STORIES by Bobbie Ann Mason Harper & Row; 247pages; $12.95

The fine stories in Bobbie Ann Mason's first collection are set mostly in western Kentucky, where her characters inhabit a "ruburb," an area no longer rural but not yet suburban. Times are changing, and bonds are loosening. Old farmers sell out and head for Florida in brand-new campers; the congregations of small country churches are dwindling; Trappist monks are admired for not putting preservatives in their bread; and a disabled truck driver passes the time needlepointing a Star Trek...

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