Nancy Huddleston Packer's fifth collection of short stories, Old Ladies, is published by Daniel & Daniel Publishers. Ms. Packer, who has been contributing to this magazine since 1982, has long established herself as a writer of great breadth. As the title suggests, Ms. Packer's newest work explores the lives of elderly women, which at first glance might seem a little limiting. But fear not: Ms. Packer has drawn up a varied and memorable cast of characters (some of whom originally appeared in the Sewanee Review) that will be sure to satisfy readers of any age. Ever able to swing delicately between the tragic and the comic, Ms. Packer is up to her usual high standards in this collection.