Left Neglected

Left Neglected

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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

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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, 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.

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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

Publishers Weekly
In neuroscientist Genova's second novel (after Still Alice), a car crash gives a successful younger woman an obscure neurological syndrome called Left Neglect. Upwardly mobile Sarah and Bob Nickerson live in suburban Massachusetts with their three small children. Both work 60-hour weeks, though the economic downturn looms. When Sarah wakes up eight days after crashing her car on the way to work, the doctors inform her of her condition, which causes her brain to ignore the left side of everything, and she begins a long and uncertain recovery. Genova vividly describes Sarah's fear and frustration about a recovery that may never come, turning her struggle into a lesson in forgiveness, acceptance, and adaptability; insights reveal themselves with extreme clarity, and small moments between Bob and Sarah illustrate his stalwart love, 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. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Neuroscientist Genova's (www.lisagenova.com) second novel—following the New York Times best seller Still Alice (2009), also available from Recorded Books/S. & S. Audio—centers on 37-year-old Bostonian Sarah Nickerson. Sarah is a typical working mother of three: overwhelmingly busy, exhausted, and overextended…until a car accident leaves her with a traumatic brain injury that erases the entire left side of her world. This neurological condition, from which the novel gets its title, is mirrored in the first-person narrative, which is told in two parts: Sarah before the accident, and Sarah after the accident, learning to appreciate every little thing and finding life within herself. Actress Sarah Paulson lends the perfect voice to Sarah's thoughts and feelings as well as to the people around her. Highly recommended for all. ["A moving story that shows how brain trauma forces people to change their lives," read the review of the Gallery: S. & S. hc, LJ 11/15/10.—Ed.]—Beth Traylor, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439164655
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
28,218
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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