MAUD AND ADDIE
in conversation with Summer Hardinge
In 1910, two sisters, eleven- and twelve-year-old Maud and Addie, are eagerly anticipating their Summer Social in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. However, the event does not quite go according to plan, and the two girls are swept out to sea as they are rowing home at the day’s end. They find themselves adrift in the unforgiving North Atlantic with only the contents of a picnic hamper to sustain them and a carriage blanket to keep them warm. Finding their way through stormy seas, the girls finally make landfall on a deserted island. With string and a jackknife recovered from Maud’s pockets and a parasol and novel contributed by Addie, the girls create a world for themselves among the island dunes, keeping company with sea birds and other sea creatures. Their ensuing adventures test their wits and, in the process, forge a bond that enables them to survive.
Maureen Buchanan Jones has lived in New York, Mumbai, Illinois, Michigan, Saskatchewan, Texas, Den Haag, Pennsylvania and Florida. She spent childhood summers in Nova Scotia with her five siblings. Maureen is the Training Director and former Executive Director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads writing workshops in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, Equinox, Calyx, and Chrysalis. Her prose has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Orion and on WFCR-NPR. Her poetry book, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website: maureenbjones.com.
Summer Hardinge taught literature and led creative writing classes for high school students for over twenty years. She currently leads Amherst Writers and Artist writing workshops and retreats in the Washington D.C. area and continues to write, exploring ways to develop her craft and promote the work of other writers. Summer’s work may be found in The Ekphrastic Review, The Rappahannock Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Peregrine. Summer is the 2019 recipient of First Place in Poetry, sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership.