The Language of Light by Meg Waite Clayton
A Novel

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Nelly Grace is starting over. With her two young sons, Nelly has fled to the simple stone house built by her great-grandfather in the moneyed horse country of Maryland in order to escape the grief of her husband’s death—and perhaps find a way back to her first love: photography. Easing her transition into this strange, mannered world is Emma Crofton, the grand matriarch of the foxhunting community, and Emma’s son, Dac, a handsome yet distant horse trainer. As Nelly slowly makes her way back to the camera, she must come to terms with her troubled relationship with her father, a photojournalist who chose fame over family. But when she finally sees him again, Nelly’s fragile new beginning is threatened by revelations of a secret past, and the fears that kept it hidden.

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About Meg Waite Clayton

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MEG WAITE CLAYTON is the nationally bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light. Her essays and stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Runner's World, Writer's Digest and public radio. A graduate of the University Michigan Law School, she lives with her family in Palo Alto.

Author Residence: Palo Alto, CA

Author Hometown: Washington, DC
Published June 28, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On her Web site (, Meg Waite Clayton lists her favorite books, which include classics like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, MIDDLEMARCH and THE GREAT GATSBY, and modern literary fiction like CHARMING BILLY, BEL CANTO and EMPIRE FALLS --- and after reading Clayton's debut novel THE LAN...

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