In eight intertwined tales, White Rock Ways introduces us to life on a small island off the coast of Maine during "the interesting decade between 1960 and 1970." The inhabitants range in age from an elderly, thrifty couple down to a little boy whose mother needs "someone to prize," and include teenagers, fishermen, law officials, young lovers, house-wives and, gradually, newly-arrived summer people. Their stories are often comic, often sad, often dramatic, but no matter what fate brings them, they all agree in admiring and cherishing the enormous granite white rock after which their island is named.
All eight stories begin with the article "the," followed by an unusual adjective. The reader will soon discover why the couch is "funeral," the mirror is "stolen" and what a "fancy woman" is.
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The two-year-old Long Point Press was started as a method of saving an historical document, and in a way, White Rock Ways, though fiction, fits in the same category. The people of White Rock, in many cases, act in a distinct old-fashioned Maine way, mostly ignoring more up-to-date influences. They cling not only to tradition in their deeds, but in their speech as well. It seemed to the editors worthwhile to preserve this imaginary chronicle of their lives. They also felt that the 17 black and white drawings that illustrate the stories, as well as the full-color cover (all done by artist, Margot G. Heyerhoff), make it easier for readers to live these stories.From the Author:
I grew up in Toronto and Montreal but first met Maine as a child when I vacationed with my family at Kennebunk Beach. Later my husband Jack and I bought an old summer cottage on the coast. Over the years we've spent summers there, and at intervals, winters as well. Since 1984, it has been our permanent home. I was trained as a journalist and worked on both newspapers and magazines, as well as doing free-lance article writing. I have also published a book about a Maine quarry town, and a biography of my mother. White Rock Ways is my first book of fiction.
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