One package today in the mail and unless I'm mistaken, it's the last of the books by Thomas Williams that I have tracked down--his first short story collection, A High New House (which won a Dial Press Fellowship Award for Fiction).
Many of the stories in this collection saw previous publication in Esquire, The New Yorker, and The Saturday Evening Post. One was an O.Henry Award winner, one was included in Best American Short Stories, and three others were listed in the back of BASS as Best Other Stories of the year.
Here is the Kirkus Reviews review from 1963:
The author is a master of the short story form (his earlier books, however, were two novels- Town Burning and The Night of Trees). Some of the titles in this collection have appeared elsewhere; one is an O. Henry prize winner and all have prize potential. The first story, A High New House, demonstrates Mr. Williams' unerring eye for the nerve- wracking detail as the hero tires for the small utopia of a perfectly arranged life and house, only to be invaded by the world, his neighbors, and life in general in all the small, instantly recognizable ways. The intensified conflicts of the old, the confrontations of middle- age, the abrupt insights of youth are all here and all well and tastefully revealed. These are today's problems examined and focused by a unique talent.