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NEW MANUSCRIPT: Islands of Time

by Barbara Lawrence on 09/01/11

I've "finished" a novel set in Maine that I've worked on over several years.  It's a love story between a summer girl and a year-round boy and love song to a place that has drawn me back for more than 50 years.  Several friends have read and commented, most recently Charlie, who has known me since we were 18.  (Please see part of his comment below).  If you want to read the manuscript and comment please let me know.



   Islands "is an interesting and compelling book. I find the characters believable, and the development of Becky ... especially so. The parts of the greatest interest to me are her interior monologues, the atmospherics of Maine and your writing about nature, and the ongoing discussion of social class."

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It's an odd mix of photographs, I agree: The cover of The Hungry i: A workbook for partners of men with eating disorders (that's me with Johanna Kandel, Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders, launching the book in Florida this winter.  Then there's a photograph looking towards the outer islands off the coast of Mount Desert Island, the setting for my novel, Islands of Time.  The next photograph, taken in the fall of 1939, shows my mother Barbara Kent Greene, and her brother Ralph Kent Green, just as she signed up for the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and was hastily trained to take the place of fully trained nurses during World War II.  No, that isn't a typo.  Her last name was originally Green, but she changed it to Greene when she made her first film in 1936.  My uncle Kent signed up for the army 9 days after Great Britain declared war on Germany in September, 1939.  At the time I think this photograph was taken, he was just about to leave for France where he served with the British Expeditionary Forces, and was later rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk when the German Army stormed into France.  The last photograph is of me when my partner Bob and I were in Florida.

​EXPLANATION OF TEXT COLORS:  We'll discuss three major topics about which I've written or am writing books and articles: EATING DISORDERS IN MEN (BLACK), new writing (TEALWORLD WAR II (NAVY BLUE), and  SMALL SCHOOLS (GREEN). If a topic doesn't fit within these confines I'll write it in  ORANGE.   I hope this system will help you find posts that interest you, and avoid those that don't.