This Time Might Be Different by award-winning writer Elaine Ford is a collection of 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 commonplacerunning into an old lover, a longstanding feud, an unspoken divorcereaders 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: "In its unsparing but sympathetic treatment of its characters and locale, 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."
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About the Author
Elaine Ford grew up in a small New Jersey town where she haunted the library and dreamed of becoming a writer. As a college student, she was influenced by a professor who emphasized the value of significant detail and an economy of language and by the writing of Thomas Hardy, Bernard Malamud, and T.S. Eliot. Her mother's death in the early 1970s spurred her to focus more on writing, which eventually led to the publication of her first novel in 1980. She moved to Maine in 1985 and taught writing and literature at the University of Maine for roughly two decades until her death in 2017. Her novels include The Playhouse (1980), Monkey Bay (1989), and Life Designs (1997), and she published more than 50 works of short fiction in literary magazines and newspapers.
Table of Contents
The Depth of Winter 1
In the Marrow 41
Bent Reeds 83
Elwood's Last Job 101
Button, Needle, Thread 137
Fire Escape 157
Dragon Palaces 173
Why Men Love to Cut Things Down 195
Millennium Fever 219
Original Brasses, Fine Patina 243
From Away 251
The Rock As Big As the Queen Mary 265
Afterword: Elaine Ford, Writer: A Brief Biography 293