1.24.2011

Book Review: Left Neglected

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

I really enjoyed Genova's first novel (Still Alice), and when I read the blurb for her latest, thought it sounded just as much, if not more, interesting than her last.

This is one of those books I could NOT put down, and when I did, I was still thinking about Sarah.

Sarah is a typical woman in today's world - marriage, couple of kids, a home and a high flying job that takes 80 hours a week to barely contain, much less excel. Sarah is burning the candle at both ends, but making everything work - until the day she is trying to make a call from her cell for work and loses control of her car for just one second...

And then Sarah finds herself in the hospital with a brain injury called "left neglect", which completely erases the left half of her world. Genova's words express it much better than I, and the journey of the majority of the book is of Sarah learning to "see left" again, as well as how her life changes from one of constant go-go-go to simpler times and decisions to take her life in a different direction.

This was just a fantastic read - fast, easy, engaging, thought-provoking and emotional. It made me appreciate the sight and mind I do have, and how we have to take time for the little things, not just the screaming-urgency things.

Great, great - I highly recommend this title! Wonderful!



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1 comment:

frances said...

i started to read this book and initially thought i wasn't going to like it. im tired of the archetypal mother of three, super intelligent , successful business woman , harvard grad,etc., etc...

kept at it though and found sarah to be someone i really liked and so enjoyed her sense of humor. i was happy that she and her mother bonded but there really wasn't enough "angst" to fully illustrate that story. bob was a good guy and husband and i know that there are good men like him but i think that there wasn't enough about his struggle to change with sarah. there was a certain incompleteness about the characters that i missed.
good basic story but needed more fleshing out of the other characters.