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“Will delight readers searching for a story with meaning, character, and drama.”—Bookreporter

"Richly atmospheric, gorgeously written, and filled with characters so real they breathe on the page...as luminous as a perfect photograph shimmering with true light."—Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls In Trouble and Pictures of You

“An engaging and compassionate portrait of an artist learning to embrace the full potential of her power. Meg Waite Clayton writes with a photographer’s precision, clarity, and care.”—A. Manette Ansay, author of Good Things I Wish You
 
“The Language of Light
shines on, a wonderfully knowing action photograph that has emerged from the darkroom as words.”—Baltimore Sun

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The combination of interesting characters, an intriguing, ever-changing plot, and the elements of photography so beautifully captured in this novel, allow me to share that this novel is well recommended." --Joseph's Reviews

About the Author

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells; The Wednesday Sisters; The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize; and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Palo Alto, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345526643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345526649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Language of Light takes us into the world of a widowed mother and aspiring photojournalist in her struggle to answer the disparate callings of parenthood, love, and devotion to her art. Nelly Grace's relationship with her deceased husband haunts her. She loved him deeply, but he seemed to dismiss her photography as merely a hobby. Nelly wrestles with guilt over her passion to pursue her creative impetus. Her children need her. If she follows the calling of the photographer's voice within her, will she follow in the footsteps of her too often absent father? What would allowing herself to become involved with the charming and enigmatic Dac Crofton mean to her art and her life? The Language of Light frames the universal question of self-expression in a tender and compelling narrative about one woman's journey. Finally, it is to herself-a self she is only beginning to know-that Nelly is true.
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I went into this one thinking I would like it, and came out the other end in a state that closely resembled purring. It has a light, lovely feel to it, with a sense of things that matter, delicately drawn.
Written with a sure hand, both language and milieu.
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I read this book when it first came out, and recently found myself picking it up again. I can not say enough wonderful comments about this reading experience. The writing style has you believeing you are sitting there, experiencing life as in the writing, experiencing the rain drops on the windshield, compelling and really did not want the story to end. This is a MUST read.
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This was a beautifully written book, no doubt. And the story was compelling. But boy was it depressing! This poor woman has one huge thing after another go VERY wrong for her, and I kept reading only in the hopes that it would have an uplifting resolution, though that seemed less and less likely as the story progressed. I should have trusted the author: she stayed faithful to the end. I wish I had not! I did wonder, however, why Nelly so dearly loved her older-woman friend, who from the get-go seemed sly and untrustworthy, not to mention careless of the feelings of others. Even so, our heroine continues to wrap herself up with this lady. Inexplicable, but then I guess I've had that kind of sticky relationship with less than stellar personalities myself, so who am I to judge? As for the book, if you like the catharsis of a feel-bad read, buy it at once. I, however, wish I hadn't.
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Wonderful analogy of friendships, love and how we conceal our emotions and communications. This book is not your average romance with the happy ending. It is more real than that and therefore more thought provoking. Photography is the thread that weaves it all together. Definitely worth reading,
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A riveting story of family ties, disconnects, and forgiveness. I am sure that most readers will identify with one or another character in this novel with a sense of nostalgia. Maybe even with a smile and laughter.
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A novel about what it means to find yourself as an artist, as a mother and as a daughter. Nelly's struggles to define herself in the rambling horse country of Maryland (and through photography) were as riveting and as luminous as a photograph shot through with light. I didn't want the novel to end, and found myself reading slower and slower as I approached the final pages. Wonderful!
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Enjoyment is looking at life through a lens! Ms. Clayton has captured the essence of this preoccupation for many as well as having woven love for the pastime into a captivating story. The author keeps you wondering how relationships will evolve.
Couldn't put it down!
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