Elaine Ford (1939-2017) is the author of five novels, including The Playhouse, Ivory Bright, Missed Connections, Monkey Bay, and Life Designs, and a book of short stories called The American Wife. Her short fiction appeared widely in literary magazines and newspapers. In addition to her writing, Ford was also a wife, mother and grandmother, librarian, world traveler, and Harvard alumna. The natural curiosity that informed her work led to many other creative pursuits, including gardening, cooking, collecting works of art, and a fascination with her own genealogy. Ford taught literature and creative writing at the University of Maine for nearly two decades. At the time of her death, she resided in Topsham.
This Time Might Be Different: Stories of Maine | Elaine Ford
This Time Might Be Different: Stories of Maine by award-winning writer Elaine Ford is a collection of fifteen stories in which deftly drawn characters contemplate difficult choices: a young girl might have coffee with a stranger; a guy might decide to rob the local laundromat; or a widow might get in the car and just keep driving. Underneath the commonplace—running into an old lover, a longstanding feud, an unspoken divorce—readers will find a trace of dark humor, a sinister underpinning, or a profound irony. Of Ford’s rural-Maine-set novel Monkey Bay, The New York Times said: “Elaine Ford’s book is reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth’s stark paintings, which use the terrain of northern New England to explore a much larger emotional landscape.”
Written by Elaine Ford
Format: Softcover Book
Length: 307 pages
Publication Date: 2018
Located at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.
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