The Language of Sand: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 6, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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A magical novel that unravels one of life’s greatest mysteries—how to go on after a devastating loss—through the power of words and their ability to heal, to transform, and to touch the heart.
 
Luck: an event that could be for good or ill, depending on your interpretation.
 
As a lexicographer, Abigail Harker has always taken refuge in the meaning of words. But when fate erases in one tragic moment what she loves the most, the very foundations of her life vanish. 

    Abigail retreats to Chapel Isle, a secluded island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. As caretaker of a run-down lighthouse, she hopes to redefine herself. But as a resident soon remarks, “If you came to Chapel Isle for normal, you came to the wrong place.” 

    For on Chapel Isle, no one can be neatly defined. From a scientific genius to the feuding fishermen’s wives, from a handsome hothead to the ghost said to be haunting the lighthouse, everyone is struggling to find meaning where meaning seems lost. And when a series of mysterious crimes strikes the island, Abigail finds that she must face down her deepest fears if she is to save herself, her neighbors, and the new life she’s unexpectedly come to cherish.


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I would have given this novel 1 star except it ended up serving a purpose. Woken up from a nightmare at 3:30 AM, it turned out to be mind-numbing enough to distract me for a couple of hours until I ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElizabethAnnS - LibraryThing

Far better than the synopsis on the flap. I loved it from the first page. Well written, good story, good characters. Eagerly awaiting more from this author. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
28
Section 2
42
Section 3
72
Section 4
84
Section 5
92
Section 6
99
Section 7
137
Section 8
174
Section 9
182
Section 10
190
Section 11
222
Section 12
244
Section 13
259
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About the author (2010)

Ellen Block is the author (as Brett Ellen Block) of The Grave of God’s Daughter and the Macavity Award-nominated novel, The Lighting Rule. She lives in Los Angeles.


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