Left Neglected Hardcover – Jan 4 2011
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“A chilling novel that explores the resilience of the human spirit.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A redemptive story about family relationships, and how when life throws you a curveball, you can still hit it out of the park.” —The Vancouver Sun
“Irresistibly readable and moving.” —Booklist
About the Author
Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Left Neglected and Still Alice. 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.
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Lisa Genova had a New York Times bestseller with her first novel Still Alice. I know she's got another bestseller on her hands with her latest book Left Neglected - releasing Jan 4/11.
Sarah Nickerson has it all and can do it all. Can't she? High powered job - minimum of 80 hours a week, gorgeous house in a sought after neighbourhood, vacation home in Vermont, 3 children and a devoted husband. The one thing she doesn't seem to have though, is enough time.
She can't make it to every soccer game and is sure that the other parents think that "Mothers who miss the games, like me, are bad mothers." "I love my children and know they're important, but so is my career and the life that career affords us." And her love life...well..."It's our typical morning good-bye kiss. A quick peck. A well-intentioned habit....It's a routine kiss, but I'm glad we do it. It does mean something. It's enough. And it's all we have time for."
You get the picture. It is while trying to multitask - driving while talking on the cell phone - that Sarah's world is turned upside down. She gets into a horrific crash - one that leaves her with a traumatic brain injury. She is unaware of the left side of anything, including herself. And yes, the condition is real.
Unable to work, dependent on others and forced to accept that her life will never be quite the same, Sarah must reexamine her life, her priorities and her relationships - the things in her life that have been 'left neglected.' I found the rekindling of the relationship with her mother especially poignant.
Although the subject matter is serious, Genova handles it with candor and humour.Read more ›
One day while driving to work, in a hurry as usual and about to be late for an important meeting, Sarah begins talking and texting on her phone and takes her eyes off the road for just a second too long. She rolls her SUV and crashes!
Sarah wakes up in the hospital and discovers she's already been there for eight days and the news about her injuries are not good. Sarah as a traumatic brain injury called Left Neglect which is also known as unilateral neglect and hemispatial neglect and is a real neurological syndrome that occurs due to damage to the right hemisphere of the brain. People with Left Neglect aren't blind but their brains ignore information on the left side of the world, often including the left side of their own bodies. Sarah has to learn to re-walk, feed herself, read, and do all the activities of daily living that we take for granted.
Although the story is fictional, the Left Neglect is REAL! There are more people than you and I know that have been afflicted with this type of brain injury. Could you imagine waking up every morning and not being aware that you have a left hand, a left arm, a left leg, that there are words on the left side of the page you can't see or your brain doesn't register? Can you imagine how frustrating that would be?Read more ›
A wonderful story including family values, re-establishment of priorities and a reminder not to take life for granted.
I recommend Still Alice to everyone, even strangers. I will be adding Left Neglected to that list as well.
A very good read, easy and so addictive!
You won't regret this buy, it is well worth it.
The only thing that disappoints me is that I downloaded it to my e-reader and won't be able to share it with others.
It's a fascinating disorder, and I found myself wanting to study it more after reading this book - wondering how much of the disorder is physical, how much is psychiatric.
Still, I found it hard to relate to the main character at all. And that's a loss. This story could be much more effective if there was, indeed, anything to like about her.
She causes the injury that disables her by digging for her phone while driving, something she does routinely, endangering everyone else on the road. Fortunately, she just hurts herself, one assumes. No one else is mentioned. Her husband continues to text while driving...no growth of awareness there.
She and her husband spend their time in the rapid-paced craziness that is thought of as appropriate modern American life, working so hard to make money they never get a chance to see their children or enjoy their second house in Vermont, or make love or even speak to each other. She is a HR manager for a company of business consultants, one of the most ridiculous parasitic employments available today. When she can't work for a few days she of course assumes they cannot manage without her - however, there is no discussion of any growth related to any realization that her life is different now, and yes, we are all replaceable.
She hates her mother but must be dependent upon her - again, an interesting issue to describe growth - but it is glanced over.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
An easy read and found it helped me to better understand my sister's medical condition after her stroke. Enjoyable read.Published 26 days ago by Helen Overholt
I loved this book, strong characters, interesting to know that there is a brain injury with this name but Lisa is a great writer and holds your attention from start to finish.Published 4 months ago by Shirley Misener
I have never heard of this before and learned much about the trauma and recovery So much about life itselfPublished 5 months ago by Elaine
Lisa Genova is able to pull the reader in to the lives and emotions of her characters, as well as, providing valuable information about illnesses/injuries that most people are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Georgette L
This is a wonderful story, written in the same style as Still Alice. Lisa Genova has that rare talent of putting the reader into the mind of the protagonist. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Dan Whipps
But Left Neglected is a really, really good read. A wonderful story including family values, and a reminder not to take life for granted.Published 8 months ago by Sara Ariss