The Language of Light

The Language of Light

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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
Branch Call Number: FICTION Clayton 2011
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Language of light : a novel


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at RPL.

Try searching for The Language of Light to see if RPL owns related versions of the work.

Suggest for Purchase

To Top