The Language of Light

The Language of Light

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FINALIST FOR THE BELLWETHER PRIZE

Nelly Grace is starting over. With her two young sons, Nelly has fled to the simple stone house built by her great-grandfather in the moneyed horse country of Maryland in order to escape the grief of her husband's death--and perhaps find a way back to her first love: photography. Easing her transition into this strange, mannered world is Emma Crofton, the grand matriarch of the foxhunting community, and Emma's son, Dac, a handsome yet distant horse trainer. As Nelly slowly makes her way back to the camera, she must come to terms with her troubled relationship with her father, a photojournalist who chose fame over family. But when she finally sees him again, Nelly's fragile new beginning is threatened by revelations of a secret past, and the fears that kept it hidden.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780345526649
0345526643
9780345526656
0345526651
Branch Call Number: FICTION Clayton 2011
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Language of light : a novel

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wendybird Sep 11, 2013

Nominated for a PEN/Bellwether prize ("high literary calibre that addresses social justice & impact of culture & politics on human relationships"), this novel features solid, sometimes even lyrical, writing. Plot follows young & newly widowed mom Nelly Grace as she leaves the big city & returns to her great-grandfathers farm house, deep within Maryland's horse country. A photographer herself, Nelly struggles with her photojournalist father's renown as she starts a new career and life (including love interest) I found the plot a bit circular & repetitive at times, and the ending a bit soft for my tastes, but a decent ride all the same. Equestrianism serves as a setting and action piece occasionally.

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