Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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5 Critic Reviews

...though readers may want a more thorough investigation of his growing role as caretaker, and as a character. More accessible than her somber first book, which dealt with early-onset Alzheimer's, the central condition causes readers to wonder what brain disease she will think of next.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestselling novel—and Academy Award–winning film—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, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.

In this powerful and poignant New York Times bestseller, Lisa Genova explores what can happen when we are forced to change our perception of everything around us. Left Neglected is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters.
 

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. 341 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 28 2018

...though readers may want a more thorough investigation of his growing role as caretaker, and as a character. More accessible than her somber first book, which dealt with early-onset Alzheimer's, the central condition causes readers to wonder what brain disease she will think of next.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Carole Turner on Feb 24 2011

It is hard to put down and practically begs to be read in one sitting, as it lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned. Genova certainly has found her literary niche.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by CARLA LUCCHETTA on Jan 14 2011

Or it could just be the usual sophomoric tendency to put your all into your first project. While the empathy she is intent on showing is never clunky, the story is a touch clichéd in places...

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San Francisco Chronicle

Good
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jan 02 2011

"Left Neglected" animates Sarah's disability by wrapping it in an engaging, sympathetic - if not particularly subtle - story. Genova is at her best with concrete details...

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Boston.com

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Treadway on Jan 08 2011

Some readers will likely find a few of the plot elements a bit too neat....Despite these contrivances, “Left Neglected’’ is a novel worth reading for the way it informs a little-known medical condition, as well as the engaging story of a character who transcends what could have been a tragedy to find a fresh appreciation for life.

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