Left Neglected (Hardcover)

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Lisa Genova's newest novel Left Neglect is a wonderful read that examines the hardships and determination one woman has after suffering a terrible brain injury. This is a fictional piece that has been based on actual events. Sarah is a high-powered business woman who also has a family to take care of. Her and her husband both work long hours everyday,and rely on a nanny to take care of the children, but overall her life seems to be going exactly as she planned. Until one fateful day when she is in a terrible car accident. After the accident, Sarah's entire left side of her brain turns off. Things that were once so simple, like reading the newspaper, become a challenge when her left eye is unable to read. Now, Sarah must pick-up the pieces and re-learn how to function. Her determination pushes her forward, and along the way she learns that some the best things in life, were things that she was once taking for granted. Don't get discouraged by the seriousness of the subject, or be afraid that it will be too depressing to finish; in fact you may find yourself staying up late to find out what happens. Once again Genova gives us an incredibly well written book that is filled with information on brain trauma. The reader really gets into the mind of the characters and understands their struggle and joy.

— Jody

Summer '11 Reading Group List


“Sarah is the typical working mother -- too busy, multi-tasking, trying to be all things to her family and her co-workers. While driving on a busy, rain-slickened highway, she fumbles with her cellphone and, glancing up, sees nothing but red brake lights in front of her. She survives the rollover accident but is subsequently diagnosed with 'left neglect,' a condition in which her mind is unable to recognize anything left of the center of her body. The story of Sarah's fight through rehabilitation, her determination to get back to work, and her family's support and understanding is one of willpower and resolve that engages the reader from beginning to end.”
— Nancy Simpson, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

January 2011 Indie Next List


“Sarah is the typical working mother -- too busy, multi-tasking, trying to be all things to her family and her co-workers. While driving on a busy, rain-slickened highway, she fumbles with her cellphone and, glancing up, sees nothing but red brake lights in front of her. She survives the rollover accident but is subsequently diagnosed with 'left neglect,' a condition in which her mind is unable to recognize anything left of the center of her body. The story of Sarah's fight through rehabilitation, her determination to get back to work, and her family's support and understanding is one of willpower and resolve that engages the reader from beginning to end.”
— Nancy Simpson, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

Description


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.

Praise For…


“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



Product Details
ISBN: 9781439164631
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2011
Pages: 336