Islands of Time
A novel offering a moving story of loss, pain and growth, and unexpected forgiveness and love.
At fourteen, Rebecca Granger falls in love with Ben Bunker. A summer girl is not allowed to love a year-round boy, son of a fisherman in Downeast Maine in 1958. Yet, she does. When her father dies—overpowered by loss and anger—she commits a sin, terrible at the time. That sin nearly destroys Rebecca. More
About the Author
In 1948, Barbara Kent Lawrence fell in love with Mount Desert Island as a summer kid, and in 1979 she became a “year-round summer person,” a status more compelling and complex than she could then have imagined. In 1998 she wrote her dissertation: Working Memory: The Influence of Culture on Aspirations about the gap between the high rate of achievement Maine’s fourth grade students evidenced on national tests, and the low rate at which they went on to college. Lawrence has since written books about education and eating disorders in men and she’s working on a manuscript about her British family during World War II. She draws on her love of Maine and her experience as a researcher and writer for her this novel Islands of Time. Though Lawrence no longer lives in Maine year-round, she spends as much time as possible on Mount Desert Island.
Islands of Time: I really like it. The story about a girl from away falling in love with a year-round kid from Maine, then coming back as an adult to reclaim her self, resonates with me. It’s also a love song to the people and landscape of Maine.
—Linda Greenlaw, New York Times best-selling author and swordfishing captain. Her most recent book: Seaworthy.
Barbara Kent Lawrence has written a page turner of a novel about first love, its loss and the near hopeless pursuit of recapturing that for which one was unprepared.
Some of us never recover or recapture its tenderness, vulnerability and our surrender to its poignancy. But few of us are able to articulate with Lawrence’s unsparing clarity how it marks us for life, and how we yearn to recover what was lost due to an unwillingness to trust its power.
Rebecca Granger returns us to a time that is past but an emotion that lives on. Hers is a character so deftly drawn that you will sympathize, empathize and possibly fall in love with her.
Prepare for a day or night of non-stop reading because you won’t put Islands of Time down.
——Barbara Lazear Ascher, Author most recently of Dancing in the Dark; Romance, Yearning, and A Search for the Sublime.
Barbara Kent Lawrence draws us into a steadily deepening engagement with a passionate, self-demanding character who is determined to create a new existence out of a broken past. The reader shares her growing freedom and empathy as she returns to a Maine island to revisit the site of a passionate encounter that has colored her whole existence. Over the course of the novel her errors and vulnerabilities become a source of strength. Her brave encounters with solitude and uncertainty take her beyond herself into unknown emotional territory. Islands of Time provides an amazing insight into the long standing cultural divisions of the Maine coast and the possibility of transcending them through human compassion and understanding.
——William Carpenter, author The Wooden Nickel.