Kimberling: “Revenge,” by Ellen Gilchrist. Six kids — five boys and ten-year-old Rhoda, an afterthought in the minds of all concerned. She’s denied access to the sacred Broad Jump Pit all summer. She becomes maid of honor at another cousin’s wedding, and afterward, emboldened by some creme de menthe, she ventures to the pit, strips to her underwear, and teaches herself to pole vault. That’s superficially it, but one of the charms of this story is the way that every droll detail tells. The era, the place, and the people — wealthy white Southerners during World War II — are all drawn obliquely and amusingly, but the mechanics of youth and sex and privilege shine darkly behind an ostensibly trivial event.