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This Time Might Be Different

Stories of Maine

Softcover, 320 pages, Fiction / Short stories

ISBN: 978-1-944762-44-5

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About this Book:

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."

This Time Might Be Different
Reviews

"Elaine Ford lays bare the struggles of her Mainers with unflinching clarity and beauty and a flashing dark humor. Her characters are sympathetic and mysterious in their quiet willful grace. Ford's original, compelling stories are wrought with a keen understanding of both place and human nature."
—Kate Christensen, PEN-Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man and The Last Cruise

"Elaine Ford’s stories use the famous Maine terseness to great advantage as she limns strong emotions dwelling in confined circumstances. The people in her stories want something more, something better than what they have to hand but they live in a world that is unforgiving in its rigidities, customs, and habits. Something has to give and what gives in each story is not—despite the whiffs and pangs of desperation—spectacular but, in keeping with the naturalist precision of her writing, something terribly mundane. Minds get made, decisions get made, but the ways of the people, right down to the rural economy of feeling, don’t get made. They are, and that is Ford’s particular genius—to accept that and write it truly."
—Baron Wormser, Poet Laureate of Maine, 2000 - 2005

"One of the greatest ironies of the painful, poignant stories of the provincial, lonely, and often loveless lives depicted in the late Elaine Ford's This Time Might Be Different: Stories of Maine is that the collection comes wrapped in a package of love. A foreword by poet Wesley McNair and an afterword by Ford's husband Arthur Boatin provide the gift paper. McNair knows how clearly Ford understands those of whom she writes and how thoroughly without pretension she was (in her person and in her fiction). Her art is in the beautiful sentences through which she reveals the physical beauty and bleakness of the poor cities and towns of Maine and the economic and cultural peculiarities of communities where there is little work to be had. Boatin's afterword provides a biography of Ford's life, literary and otherwise, letting us know how surprisingly far Ford ranged in her geography and life experiences, making her final careful focus on the quotidian of the hard knock Maine life all the more moving. Once she moved to Maine, Ford found what she needed for this book, close at hand, in what she observed in the lives of others. Would that she were here to see the great red bow of reader appreciation for what she has accomplished."
—Debra Spark, author of Unknown Caller and The Pretty Girl

Elaine Ford

About this Author

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 Th

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