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