cover image On the Golden Porch

On the Golden Porch

Tat'iana Tolstaia. Vintage Books USA, $13 (198pp) ISBN 978-0-679-72843-6

``The author's range is deliberately narrow, centering around the domestic crises of `ordinary,' if eccentric individuals, whom she views with a sardonic eye,'' wrote PW , noting that ``this collection marks Tolstaya as a natural storyteller who sheds fresh light on the contemporary Moscow scene.'' (Mar.)