The subtitle is "Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929." Fisher describes incidents and personalities from her first 21 years, mostly in childhood and early teens. There are portraits of Laguna, San Francisco, and other parts of Southern California just after the turn of the century, odd friends and housekeepers/cooks, the casual schoolyard cruelties of young girls, imaginary childhood friends, inevitable memories of lovely meals and dishes, the odd intrusions of sex and violence into an otherwise happy childhood. A measured, but wise and charming collection of essays.
This report prepared by David Loftus