Left Neglected (Paperback)

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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


From neuroscientist and bestselling author Lisa Genova comes a story of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. After a car crash leaves a vibrant mother in her thirties with a traumatic brain disorder called “left neglect,” she learns what truly matters most in life.

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 the Author


Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O’Briens. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's, has been viewed over 2 million times.
 

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: 9781439164655
ISBN-10: 1439164657
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: July 26th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English