On a bright summer morning by the sea in Rhode Island, the FBI visits Susan Ford. They question her about an Iraqi Chaldean named Sammy Fakhouri, but Mrs. Ford denies knowing him.
Flashback to the summer of 1979, when a much-younger Susan meets wild Annie Nelson, who lures her to work at a shabby disco on the crumbling edge of Detroit—a disco populated by pretty girls and older men, some of whom are Iraqi Chaldeans. As Mrs. Ford grapples to spin her story to an increasingly dubious FBI, truths long hidden from that fateful summer threaten her carefully created existence.
Q: Friendships between women are always interesting and unique, who or what was the impetus for this relationship?
A: Let me begin by saying that I like women. I know that should be a given—I am a woman after all—but I think it bears stating because it is not always the case. I am also intrigued by how female friendships work. Annie and Susan are polar opposites. They are also very young when they meet. What is it that happens when an introverted and intellectual girl like Susan encounters a charismatic and reckless girl like Annie? People like this meet all the time and, often, they give each other a wide berth. But other times, one falls under the sway of the other. Or there is a mutual hold that they exert on each other. This is when it becomes interesting.
Q: Finding Mrs. Ford explores a personal story against the backdrop of international/world events and through past and present times. What drew you into this world?
A: I absolutely love the small personal story set against the sweep of historic events. A weight is suddenly tied around a story that might otherwise be seen as slight. And it is how we actually live. None of our lives plays out in a vacuum. Think of Dr. Zhivago in which we are focused on the love triangle of Zhivago, Tonya, and Lara, but their lives and relationships are seen in sharp relief to the events of WWI and the Russian Revolution. Finding Mrs. Ford is not a geo-political thriller per se, but the events of 2014 when ISIS marched into the north of Iraq—the homeland of the Chaldean people—along with the Chaldeans’ many-decades-presence in the city of Detroit, creates a good backdrop for the plot. Sammy Fakhouri is Chadean. He travels from Baghdad to Boston to find Mrs. Ford at exactly that moment in time. Why is he looking for her and why is she lying?
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I Know How This Ends
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