YA Cahill introduces quality stories again in this third collection by women writers ( Women & Fiction 1975 and Women & Fiction 2 1978, both NAL), highlighting some of the best women writers of the past two decades. Readers have the opportunity to sample the insights; humor; and spare, often ``minimalist'' style of 21 women including Toni Bambara (``My Man Bovanne''), Bobbie Ann Mason (``Shiloh''), Ellen Gilchrist (``Victory over Japan''), and Joanne Greenberg (``Days of Awe''). This collection is a thoughtful introduction for YA readers to the varieties and complexities of contemporary short story writing. Cahill has included brief biographical information, a listing of each writer's work, and brief critical comments by other authors and critics. A worthwhile collection for advanced literature as well as creative writing courses. Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, Md.