Lisa Genova’s newest novel Love Anthony is a poignant look at motherhood and love. Beth’s life on Nantucket is fairly routine and average until she discovers that her husband has been having an affair. Now everything has been turned upside down, leaving Beth confused, embarrassed, and disheartened. She decides she needs to find the person she once was and has started writing again. Olivia has had a challenging ten years. Her son was diagnosis at the age of three with autism leaving him unable to speak, make eye contact, or have the desire to be touched. At the age of eight, after Olivia was finally coming to terms with her son’s prognosis he passes away. Grief stricken and estranged from her husband, Olivia escapes to Nantucket in hopes of working through her grief and learning why her son’s life was the way it was.
Genova has such a gift for taking emotional subjects and turning them into something positive. I always pick her books up and think, okay how upsetting is this going to be? By the time I finish I find myself not upset but hopeful that even the worst things can be good. I was amazed at how well she was able to portray a parent of autism. The emotional turmoil that Olivia went through was astounding. You watched her celebrate her son and also feel resentment. Genova captured the roller coaster ride of emotions that Olivia would go through on daily base perfectly. I really liked the snippets of Beth’s book and wished we would have had more of her book. Genova did such a great job of giving life to Beth’s book, and I always enjoy reading books within books. The characters are easy to relate to and the story is so well written. Genova fan’s and contemporary fiction readers are sure to love this book.— Jody
October 2012 Indie Next List
“In her new novel, Genova provides a unique view of unconditional love through Anthony, a boy with autism. His mother, Olivia, and neighbor, Beth, live on the island of Nantucket, where they meet on the shore and later discover how different yet troubled in similar ways their family lives are. Ultimately, the voice and thoughts of Anthony will slowly compel each of them to make a change that is positive. These women become truly admirable in their efforts, and Anthony is unforgettable.”
— Kathleen Dixon, Islandtime Books & More, Washington Island, WI
From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is now an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore—comes a novel about autism, friendship, and unconditional love. Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel, Inside the O’Briens, available now.
In an insightful, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and The Reason I Jump, Lisa Genova offers a unique perspective in fiction—the extraordinary voice of Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. Anthony reveals a neurologically plausible peek inside the mind of autism, why he hates pronouns, why he loves swinging and the number three, how he experiences routine, joy, and love. In this powerfully unforgettable story, Anthony teaches two women about the power of friendship and helps them to discover the universal truths that connect us all.
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.
"There’s a point in the narrative where one of the characters becomes so engrossed in reading a book that she loses track of time. Readers of Genova’s latest excellent offering might very well find the same happening to them."
— USA Today
Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions.
“Autism is like a Zen koan—a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!" --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"Lisa Genova has essentially created her own genre, the 'Lisa Genova' novel, in which complicated topics become accessible to readers through beautifully-drawn characters and profound, human-scale stories. Love Anthony dares to ask enormous questions, the big questions that bedevil all of us. Better yet, Genova has the wisdom to know which ones can be answered, and which cannot." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good
"Love Anthony broke my heart in the best way! I read it spellbound and breathless. If you don't know Lisa Genova's work already, meet your new favorite writer, storyteller, enchanter." --Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Winner of the Bellwether Prize
“Genova's deep and empathic insight once again has blown me away -- particularly her intensely accurate portrayal of autism parenting. Her characters are complicated people, with unique, believable and, sometimes frustrating struggles. But perhaps Genova's true mastery is in the way she never fails to give us very real people to love.” --Susan Senator, author of Making Peace With Autism