The Language of Light

The Language of Light

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Baker & Taylor
Moving with her two young children to a horse-breeding community in Baltimore after the unexpected death of her husband, Nelly Grace befriends a neighborhood matriarch, develops a relationship with the woman's son, and pursues her dream of following in her photojournalist father's footsteps.

McMillan Palgrave
Set in the old-moneyed horse country of Maryland, the story of a young mother trying to put her life back together after the death of her husband

Nelly Grace moves her two young children to a privileged, horse-breeding world in the Baltimore countryside, after the unexpected death of her husband. Struggling to build a new life, Nelly finds herself swept up in the traditions and social politics of this insular world. Emma, the matriarch of the fox-hunting community, offers Nelly guidance and friendship until past and present secrets begin to unfold.

Encouraged by Emma and her grown son, Dac, Nelly rekindles her desire to become a photojournalist, like her father. As she sets to work with her camera, though, she realizes her success is tangled up not only in her feelings about her husband's death, but also in her relationship with her father, a man who has allowed fame and ambition to come before his family. Then her father comes to visit, and Nelly's fragile new beginning is thrown into chaos.

A brilliant old-fashioned read, filled with secrets and surprises, The Language of Light is a beautifully told story of a woman moving into the future by uncovering the past.


Blackwell North Amer
After the unexpected death of her husband, Nelly Grace moved with her two young children to the privileged horse-breeding world in the Baltimore countryside. While struggling to build a new life, Nelly finds herself swept up in the traditions and social politics of this insular world. Emma, the matriarch of the fox-hunting community, offers Nelly guidance and friendship until past and present secrets begin to unfold.
Encouraged by Emma and her grown son, Dac, Nelly rekindles her desire to become a photojournalist, like her father. As she sets to work, though, she realizes that her ability with the camera is tangled up with her feelings about her husband's death as well as with her feelings about her father, a man who has allowed fame and ambition to come before his family. Then her father comes to visit, and Nelly's fragile new beginning is thrown into chaos.

Baker
& Taylor

Moving with her two young children to a horse-breeding community in Baltimore after the unexpected death of her husband, Nelly Grace befriends a neighborhood matriarch, develops a relationship with the woman's son, and pursues her dream of following in her photojournalist father's footsteps. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312318017
0312318014
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm

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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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