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The Language of Sand

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    A Richly Rewarding Human Story

    After suffering the tragic loss of her husband and young son, Abigail seeks refuge on the small, secluded island of Chapel Isle, just off the coast of North Carolina. Taking a position as lighthouse caretaker, Abigail struggles to restore some sense of normalcy to her life - but she soon learns that "normal" is an option that Chapel Isle fails to provide to any of its residents. Surrounded by quirky personalities, mysterious happenings - and even a hint of the supernatural - Abigail struggles to employ her training as a lexicographer to find just the right words to define her strange surroundings, as well as her place in them...the only problem is, there don't seem to be any words that can accurately capture the unique meaning of her new life...

    A touching tale of loss, suffering, and ultimate resilience, The Language Of Sand is an engrossing read. Superbly crafted by author Ellen Block, the compelling tale of pain and redemption touches on many themes - chief among them the importance of embracing the transformative power of life. We are all subject to sudden, unforeseen tragedy at some point in our lives, but what matters more is not the loss that we suffer, but rather the character that we display in the face of it. By taking the reader deep into the tortured heart and mind of her protagonist, Block convincingly portrays Abigail as a flawed - yet noble - hero thrust by forces beyond her control in the midst of a personal quest for healing, something with which we can all readily identify. As such, The Language Of Sand is sure to strike a personal chord that will resonate deep within the souls of all those familiar with the challenge of persevering in the face of uncertainty and fear.

    Powerful and compelling, The Language Of Sand is a richly rewarding human story with timeless themes and timely lessons to share. Strongly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

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    This is an engaging character study

    She remained in intensive care as the only survivor of a house fire that killed her husband and their four year old child. When she finally is released from the hospital, thirtyish Abigail feels adrift and disconnected. Pondering what to do as she grieves her twin losses and feeling a need to leave Boston the site of the tragedy, the lexicographer decides to move to the North Carolina barrier island Chapel Isle where her spouse spent many enjoyable summers growing up.

    Abigail accepts the position of lighthouse caretaker. However upon arriving at Chapel Isle, the cottage she rented without seeing is dilapidated. The islanders initially for the most part reject her as an outsider, but soon Abby, as they call her, makes friends with two locals Merle and Ruth, who warmly welcome her. Others quickly follow. As she works on repairing the lighthouse, accommodating the ghost haunting the place, and fixing up the cottage, Abby makes an effort to help Nat, the island pariah with a tragic past like hers feel as welcome as the two ladies did her.

    This is an engaging character study of a woman grieving a deep recent loss trying to start over in a fresh location that has ties to her late husband. The cast and the words that introduce each of the twenty-six chapters (remember the lead is a professional lexicographer) make for a fine tale of slowly moving on step by step through the phases of grief (in Abby's case in alphabetical order).

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    A blue snake

    Slithers to ghost

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    What is this place?

    What is this place?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Ghost

    *He looks at the blue snake*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Darkkit

    Is dragged in by kinkclaw. The small kit is two moons and kinkclaw has ubducted darkkit from her clan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Stripe

    Stalks the blue snake

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Tigersnake

    Hisses

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Balthazar to below

    This place is a snake tribe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    fangs of night

    Shoves tacos from the city in evreyones face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Loner wishes to be formally exepted

    Who is the leader here?My name is Flamefang and I am a warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Rarekit

    Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Whitetail

    The White Horseclan shecat enters the camp, cautiously but not fearful. She waits to see eho the leader was. 'Whitetail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Silverstorm

    Hey guys, i've been inactive lately and unfortunately i have to stay that way for awhile... im really sorry :'(
    -Silverstorm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Copper

    She nodded and went to the center, crouching down low, her head low and her tail hovering over the ground. She has all her weight balanced on her four paws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Wavekit URGENT

    When I grow up can I be the medicine ca apprentice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Silverfoot

    I'm going to the new camp. Its sandy home first result if you want to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Anyone on.

    I wanna join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    To rownawing

    Oh sorry. No offense. Hey, everyone thought my character Mossshadow was male too. She was female though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Jetfrost to Martie

    "Who are you and why are you here?" He says, flicking his tail in annoyance.

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