Book Review: The Language of Sand – Ellen Block

Title: The Language of Sand: A Novel
Author: Ellen Block
ISBN: 9780440245759
Pages: 288
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

After a horrible tragedy, Abigail Harker relocates to Chapel Isle, a small island off the course of North Carolina, in order to rebuild her shattered life.  She becomes the caretaker of a lighthouse, though the real estate agent said nothing about the awful shape that her rental property would be in.  Consumed by the desire to make her new surroundings a home, Abigail begins to reach out to the close knit community around her and finds healing in words.

Review:

The Language of Sand was an interesting novel that was an enjoyable and easy read.  I loved getting to know Abby – she was so torn by what she’d been through, yet determined to make the best of her new situation.  She thought about giving up, but it was clear even from the beginning of the novel that the word “surrender” wasn’t in her lexicon.  I loved watching her blossom as she found solace on Chapel Isle.

Abby’s profession as a lexicographer, someone who writes and edits dictionaries, adds to the uniqueness of The Language of Sand.  There is a lot of attention paid to language, and part of the way Abigail gets through each day is thinking through words.  Additionally, there are twenty-six chapters, one for each letter in the alphabet.  It was an interesting literary device that set this novel apart from others in its genre.

If I had one complaint about The Language of Sand, it would be that it’s so short!  I would have loved to get to know Abby better, and to watch her settle into the community more.  That’s not to say it’s not well-written, just that the book was good enough that I wanted more out of it.

The Language of Sand is a sweet novel that fans of women’s fiction should really enjoy.  I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for the author’s future works, and hoping for a sequel to this wonderful work.

Comments

  1. I have an affinity for lighthouses, so that would be enough to convince me to read this, I think. Too bad it is so short!

  2. I have an affinity for lighthouses, so that would be enough to convince me to read this, I think. Too bad it is so short!

  3. This sounds so good, and different too.

    I know what you mean about shortness sometimes being a pity, though I’ve found that often the conciseness of them means you remember them for longer. There’s no room for dull moments if an author wants a short book to be successful.

  4. This sounds so good, and different too.

    I know what you mean about shortness sometimes being a pity, though I’ve found that often the conciseness of them means you remember them for longer. There’s no room for dull moments if an author wants a short book to be successful.

  5. I love it when a book leaves me wanting more! This sounds like a good one.

  6. I love it when a book leaves me wanting more! This sounds like a good one.

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love lighthouses, so that is also an enticement for me. I do know what you mean about wanting a book to be a little longer sometimes. I just happened to me as well. Great review!

  8. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love lighthouses, so that is also an enticement for me. I do know what you mean about wanting a book to be a little longer sometimes. I just happened to me as well. Great review!

  9. I’ve always loved lighthouses and wondered what it would be like to live in one. This book sounds lovely.

  10. I’ve always loved lighthouses and wondered what it would be like to live in one. This book sounds lovely.

  11. Thanks for sharing about this book. It’s interesting about the 26 chapters and the fact that the main character is a lexicographer. Could there perhaps be a sequel in offing? I have a copy of this book here and this makes me want to move it up my pile. 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing about this book. It’s interesting about the 26 chapters and the fact that the main character is a lexicographer. Could there perhaps be a sequel in offing? I have a copy of this book here and this makes me want to move it up my pile. 🙂

  13. The fact that the main character is a lexicographer is almost enough for me — that it left you wanting more is better!

  14. The fact that the main character is a lexicographer is almost enough for me — that it left you wanting more is better!

  15. I agree with Beth: a lexicographer is a rare and fascinating profession.

    This fact alone makes me want to read the book.

  16. I agree with Beth: a lexicographer is a rare and fascinating profession.

    This fact alone makes me want to read the book.

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