Harper's characters, who live in a variety of geographic locations across the country, are all women facing changes in lifestyle. The stories in this collection, many of which have been published previously, generally deal with women progressing from innocent girlhood to marriage, divorce, and single parenthood. Now at emotional crossroads in their lives, they feel alternately threatened, lonely, hopeful, frightened, or adventurous. Too many of Harper's women are poor, unloved, unsuccessful, and unhappy, which can make for discouraging reading. Yet all these women are likable, and Harper treats their problems with sensitivity. Recommended for larger collections, particularly where women's fiction is popular.--Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.