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Islandport Press to publish Elaine Ford book


Prior to her passing in August 2017, writer Elaine Ford signed with Yarmouth-based Islandport Press to publish This Time Might Be Different, a collection of Maine stories that focus on the choices people make throughout their lives.

The book, scheduled for release in March 2018, features fifteen stories where a cast of memorable characters face decisions that will impact their futures, and not always for the better — a young woman contemplates coffee with a stranger; a troubled man considers robbing a local laundromat; and a widow thinks about leaving town for good. Readers of This Time Might Be Different will find traces of dark humor, sinister underpinnings, or profound irony.  

In his foreword, poet Wes McNair said of her work, “Starting a story by Elaine Ford is like falling into a trance. Her plots are not applied from the outside, but rise from the inside out as we experience the urgency of a central character’s feeling and thought. The words of her dialogue are both natural and precisely right for the characters who speak them. Ford links descriptions of setting and the mood of her stories with the hand of a master.”

“We are excited to be publishing this collection from Elaine Ford,” said Islandport Press publisher Dean Lunt. “Her writing displays such authenticity; she has great talent for capturing the character of small town and rural Maine. That makes her stories a perfect fit for us, and This Time Might Be Different will serve as an excellent complement to the writing in Jim Nichols’ Closer All the Time.”

Elaine Ford 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 has also appeared in literary magazines and newspapers. She taught literature at the University of Maine for nearly two decades until her death.

(Author photo by Michele Stapleton)