Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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From Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart—comes this New York Times bestselling novel of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. A vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain disorder called "left neglect."

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son's teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it's a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.

A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

About Lisa Genova

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Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice. Love Anthony, her latest, is the moving story of the mother of a boy with autism. She graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide, speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent, and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s Disease. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the documentary film, To Not Fade Away. She lives with her husband and three children in Cape Cod.
Published January 4, 2011 by Pocket Books. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Lisa Genova's (Still Alice) new novel, Left Neglected, tells the story of Sarah Nickerson, a suburban Boston woman who precariously balances a high-powered career, marriage, and three small children in a frenetic dance that's more mosh pit than Kabuki.

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Book Reporter

Sarah and Bob Nickerson appear to have it all: demanding, well-paying careers, three healthy young children, a lovely home in an upscale suburban Boston neighborhood, and a vacation home in Vermont.

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USA Today

Just reading about her out-of-control life in the beginning of this novel is exhausting.And then, making a business call while driving, she's in a car accident that leaves her brain damaged."The first step in my recovery is to become aware of my unawareness, to constantly and repeatedly remind my...

Jan 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Left Neglected

San Francisco Chronicle

Genova is at her best with concrete details about therapy, which includes word searches and a jangly bracelet to help Sarah locate her left hand.

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Nashville Public Library

This story incorporates many details that come into play from one who knows about physical therapies and the maddening and real disorder resulting from a traumatic brain injury – Unilateral Spatial Neglect or Left Neglect.

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