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I'm always hearing about how my brain doesn't work right. . . .
But it doesn't feel broken to me.
Olivia Donatelli's dream of a "normal" life shattered when her son,
Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the
world from his perspective felt bewildering, nearly impossible. He
didn't speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye
contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness
and autism could coexist, Anthony died.
Now she's alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her
husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son's short
life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own
loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected
Beth Ellis's entire life changed with a simple note: "I'm sleeping
with Jimmy." Fourteen years of marriage. Three beautiful daughters.
Yet even before her husband's affair, she had never felt so alone.
Heartbroken, she finds the pieces of the vivacious, creative person
she used to be packed away in a box in her attic. For the first
time in years, she uncaps her pen, takes a deep breath, and begins
to write. The young but exuberant voice that emerges onto the page
is a balm to the turmoil within her, a new beginning, and an
astonishing bridge back to herself.
In a piercing story about motherhood, autism, and love, New
York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two
unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible
young boy whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to