Left Neglected

Left Neglected

Hardcover | January 4, 2011

byLisa Genova

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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.

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Indigo Recommends:    A traumatic brain injury doesn’t sound like a fun fiction topic any more than Alzheimer’s did; but in Lisa Genova’s capable hands Left Neglected, like Still Alice before it, is a fascinating and hopeful read.High-powered, multi-tasking, working mother Sarah Nickerson, on a cell phone while driving, is involved in ...

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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 C...

Lisa Genova has a degree in Biopsychology, from Bates College, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. Lisa is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel STILL ALICE. Her second novel is LEFT NEGLECTED. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Genova hit I really enjoy Lisa Genova's writing style. I had a family member suffer a brain injury when I was a child and was able to relate to some of the situations in the book.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Lisa Genova read Another great read by Lisa Genova! Lisa’s background in neuroscience results in a very informative read about a brain trauma I was unaware of. This book really makes you think about slowing down in life and how one quick mistake can change everything. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read! This novel from Lisa Genova reveals the resilience of a mother, in the face of a devastating car crash leaving her with a diagnosis of "left-neglect". It teaches the reader what really matters in life. As a psychology major, Lisa Genova's books truly hit home for me. This is a powerful novel, which forces us to take a closer look at how to change our perception of everything around us, when there is no other choice. This book will make you slow down and think about how precious life really is.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Lisa Genova! If you loved Still Alice, you'll enjoy this book too. She really captures and portrays the complex feelings and emotions of people challenged by a devastating and life-altering illness! Lisa Genova doesn't disappoint!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THOUGHT PROVOKING I gave this book a five because the concept and content of this great read reminds us to slow down our lifestyles to the pace of light and stop taking the important things in life for granted. If you read Still Alice, you will also enjoy Left Neglected because Lisa Genova's writing style reaches deep inside us and brings our emotions to the surface. The Nickerson family is more affluent than the majority of our population but most people can relate to the challenges of being consumed by too many demands and not enough time to accomplish everything we take on. My next read will be Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Neglected When I read this book it reminded me of the importance of slowing down in the hetic pace of life. Lesson learned, never do anything to distract you when driving...the result could life changing. This is my favorite novel my Lisa Genova. A must read.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Nelect Excellent read. If you enjoyed Still Alice, you will like this one too. Increased awareness of an interesting brain injury and the dangers of cell phone use.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I read Still Alice before this book and knew this author was something special! Another great read by Lisa Genova!
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Neglected Loved it. The author's writing style is smooth and captivating. Touching ending.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Neglected A very poignant and thought provoking book that left me tear stained by the end.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh A good story, slow at times
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meh Love this book! Made me take a good look at my work, family and life and slow it down... A book writen about so many of our lives and how everything can change in an instance.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left neglected This really opens your eyes up to what could happen to any of us at any time, I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Neglected Lisa Geneva brings her characters to life! I love her novels.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review It was ok. Found it was a very dry read at times and just had to skim over parts of it to get to the main parts of the book. Otherwise it was pretty good read and would recommend to anyone in a occupational or physiotherapy program to get a better idea of what neglect is and the variety of ways to work with it and how it affects the patient.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. I preferred "Still Alice" and "Love, Anthony", but this was still a good read. I hope Lisa continues to write!
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I hoped for Based on all the great reviews for Still Alice, I bought this book. I didn't find the subject for Still Alice interesting, but I thought this one would be more interesting. It was OK, but I didn't find I related to the character as much as I expected to, nor did I find her journey to have much to it.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left neglected Amazing book that proves the human spirit can overcome anything. Also proves money can't buy true happiness
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I haven't read Still Alice. So Left Neglected was my first exposure to Lisa Genova. I'd heard good things, and was pleased to find out that what I'd heard was accurate. Left Neglected was a book that captured my attention and held it there - Sarah's story was engaging, heartbreaking and eye-opening. I can't believe I never knew this horrifying, debilitating condition existed. But that's one of the great things about books - they open your eyes to whole new worlds. I don't know if this was intentional, but I didn't really care for pre-accident Sarah. People who are always talking about how busy they are can be irritating. We all have the same number of hours in the day, y'know? Post-accident Sarah, however, was an extremely likeable character. She was strong, funny, and inspiring. Lisa Genova's beautiful prose kept me turning the pages on this novel, and I'd definitely recommend it to friends and family.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening Although this book didn't quite stand up to Still Alice, I still really enjoyed the read. I find that Lisa Genova can really open our eyes to a world that the average everyday person just can't understand. I like how she writes from the point of view of the character physically impacted by the brain damage because you can really feel the range of emotions they go through. Also, I think she makes an important point VERY clear; slow down. It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of life, that it's important to take a step back before it's too late.
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay. Lisa Genova's "Still Alice" was a great read, so I thought I would give "Left Neglected" a chance; however, I found it difficult to feel anything for the main character in this story. I found Sarah's complaining and self pity to be quite irritating. Obviously, considering her condition, some of this is understandable but it got to be a little over the top after a certain point. Like her previous novel, Genova gave an intelligent portrayal of the main character's disorder (Left Neglect), but the plot was quite predictable. I felt that there really was not much else to the story than what you read on the front flap.
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would not recommend... This was very hard to get in to. I was not emotionally connected to the characters and had to force myself to finish reading it. With so many excellent reads out there I think I will take a pass on this author's work in the future.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educational and Enjoyable I enjoyed reading this book. I thought that the plot would have been way more disheartening but it truly wasn't a depressing, down in the dumps novel. I found myself laughing during parts and I enjoyed the courage and strength of the characters. I found myself so engrossed in the lives of the family and was so interested in learning about left neglect. Not knowing what left neglect was, or even having heard of the condition before, I was so interested in developing an understanding of the condition. After reading Lisa Genova's exaplaination, description and depiction of left neglect I feel more educated and informed. I enjoy books that I can enjoy and learn from. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed Still Alice, or anyone looking for a smart and satisfying read.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Everyone should read this book. The seriousness of head injuries and how life is really fragile.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was alright I found the start to be kind of a drag. Wasn't until basically the accident for me to actually start getting into the book. I was actually about to say forget it and stop reading. only reason why i didnt was because i had bought the book so i figured i should give it a full try. After the start it was pretty good. I may have not be absolutely in love with it like many of the others on here but that might be the fact this is not usually the type i read. I did give it to my mother in law in the hopes that it would be a reality check for her to stop txting while driving.
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! ***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** I LOVED this book. It was something so different from what I normally read and it really turned me onto Lisa Genova. She is an amazing writer—very thorough with her research, and she writes great, believable characters. This is a story of a woman, Sarah, who gets a brain injury after a car accident. The injury causes her to “lose” awareness of her left side. Having been a busybody before the accident, Sarah must learn to retrain her brain and learn to focus on the people and things that matter most. I can’t praise this book enough. It really makes you think. Just recently, in Alberta, cell phone usage was banned in cars. A lot of people were (and still are) upset. After reading this book, it really turned my thoughts to what could really happen when an accident happens after you were doing something you thought was so innocent while behind the wheel. The thought alone of what kind of damage can be done makes me be so much more cautious while driving. Sure, some people can brush it off and say, “Oh well, maybe a few broken bones?” But what about a broken brain? Left Neglected really makes a person think. How often do we walk into a room and not really pay attention to what’s there. How often do we not pay attention to ourselves? When you think that you’ve “seen it all,” have you really? While it might sound like a simple subject for a novel, with not very many places to go, Lisa Genova proves you wrong. I’ve also read Still Alice, by Genova, and it’s the same as Left Neglected—both books really show the reader what the condition is like. Genova doesn’t glaze over the details, she puts you right in there, empathizing with the main character. In the end, you can’t help but rethink how you’re going about your days and what you might be able to do differently. I highly recommend this book. Genova’s dedication to research and her detailed writing (without being too detailed) is inspiring. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. This book was amazing. I can't believe how well Genova can write about a situation that she hasn't actually experienced herself. I laughed and cried, and couldn't put it down. For anyone who enjoyed "Still Alice" - you will certainly enjoy this one. Amazing.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do not neglect to read this one! Another fantastic novel from this author. Still Alice was great. And this is a wonderful follow up. Its your basic storyline: busy supermom, tragic accident, brain injury, road to recovery. But this story is told in an engaging and quick witted way ~ every character is a joy. Wouldn't we all love to have someone as devoted as Bob (the husband) in our lives! You sympathize with Sarah, and her injury, but you never pity her. I learned alot about a brain injury I'd never heard of, and I learned it in a book that I couldn't put down and devoured in 2 days. I love the message in this book: Live more, with less. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! When I read the title, I thought someone was neglected in some ways. However, I discovered this medical condition throughout the main character and I couldn't believe it. Even though the topic is somewhat depressing - a very successful woman who has to put her life on hold after an accident - Lisa Genova turns the whole situation in a positive light. I couldn't help but agree that we often forget to live because of our job. What does it mean to really live your life?
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow What a book this was! A good book for anybody to read. Makes you really think about your life and what's important. Totally do not want to even look at my phone while driving, that's how much this book has impacted me! Recommended!!!!
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down At first I wasn't sure about this book simply because of the first few pages but after I found myself entering the pages of the book it was like a saw what happened to the characters. It was only then I knew I wasn't about to return this amazing book as there was no way I could put it down.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling An excellent read! Though a work of fiction, Lisa Genova addresses several important issues: work-life balance; identifyingwith work to the detriment of one's own identity; the fragility of the brain as well as its ability to heal; and, the importance of the love of family. It's one of those books that I will read again as a reminder to myself of what is truly important in life.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! I absolutely LOVED this book. Another novel from Lisa Genova that I could not put down and left me wanting more. I love her novels and can't wait for the next one. If you liked "Still Alice" you will love "Left Neglected". Great Book!!!
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lives up to the expectations from Still Alice... I discovered Lisa Genova with her first novel, Still Alice. When I saw Left Neglected, I knew I had to pick it up to see if it lived up to the wonderful experience I had with Still Alice. While I didn't LOVE it as much as Still Alice (which was very special to me for familial reasons), Left Neglected was still a very, very, very good book. There was less action but it was still very relatable, wether you are familiar with the Neglect condition or not. I think most people today, including me, can relate to Sarah's fast paced lifestyle before her accident. When something happens, you HAVE to slow it down, and this book shows you just how important that is - to spend time on you, on your family and on getting better. While this wasn't the best book in the world, it didn't disappoint at all and I liked it a lot. If Lisa Genova continues to write such well crafted stories (with medical twists, which I love), she might end up just as big as other authors like Jodi Picoult, whose style I find very similar.
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think. I really enjoyed this book. Shows you how fragile life is and how things can change in an instant redirecting your life plan to create a 'new normal'. Determination and acceptance being the key to being happy in your new self.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Interesting Imagine, you are highly successful woman, juggling family and a very demanding career..then it all comes to a sudden halt after a horrible car accident. This novel, tells the journey of Sarah Nickerson, before and after her accident which has left her with a brain injury known as "left neglect". Since I had never heard of this injury before, I found it extremely educational as well as inspiring. Lisa Genova takes us into Sarah's life where we watch the obstacles she faces every day and the enlightenment she sees as her new life changes, yet brings with it many rewards unforeseen before. What I love about Lisa Genova's writing,( the same held true in "Still Alice") is that we get to walk around in the skin of the protagonist and really see life as they see it. Excellent story telling.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Annoying, disappointing I was interested in this book's premise, about a wife and mother who suffers a brain injury after attempting to use her cellphone while driving. Instead, I was annoyed by the main character's denial of her situation. Despite her injury, her mind continued to race a mile a minute. I found that someone in her situation should have been far more grateful for the small miracles in life, such as the ability to remember your husband, your children, and that you weren't far more injured or maimed. I was really annoyed by her self-pity, her inability to slow down. Her mental soliloquies about her OCD, control freak-type behaviour was enough to make my head spin. Also, the brand-name-dropping didn't serve any purpose - who cares that she totaled her Acura? That she wore a Cartier watch? That she had expensive silk blouses from Cole Haan? Who cares? She's successful, we get it. She was so bitter about her situation - and perhaps rightfully so - but she didn't do herself any favours. It wasn't until page 166 that she started to step out of this denial.
Date published: 2011-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another brilliant novel by Lisa Genova This one came in close second to Still Alice (ranks high in my top 10). I could identify in some areas with this character, as far as trying to multitask when I should be paying attention to the road. The character also becomes reunited with her mother, and I found that very touching. What I love about Lisa's writing is that I feel I am being educated as well as being entertained. Excellent!!
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I was really looking forward to this book after reading Still Alice, and although it didn't disappoint for some reason I found that I was having to push myself to keep reading it. Although, with that said I did read it in a couple hours and really did enjoy it. I love how her books humanize brain injuries and a book like this one really shows how it can happen to anyone at anytime. This is defintely a book that I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Found the book a bit too detailed in the early chapters, than it picked up towards the end. A sorry way to get to know with your Mother.
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic..so real This book is a sensitive account of a high powered woman with 80 hour work week, three children,a husband and a big home who tries to multitask ..drive and talk on her cell resulting in a horrific accident that turns her world upside down.Unable to work,dependant of others she knows her life won't be the same therefore she reexamines her life and priorities. Genova tells Sarah's story so that we learn about this interesting left neglect condition. This book really makes you think about what life is really all about and don't take life for granted. This story flowed as easy as my tears...heart breaking but so real. I loved it.
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could be a memoir Thank you Lisa for another great book that reads like a memoir however gets us to understand how someone might be dealing with a brain injury. I am so glad to have read Still Alice and look forward to other books in the future.
Date published: 2011-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book really makes you think about what life is really all about. We spend so much time running around and trying to multi-task, but what happens when your world comes to a halt and you can't do all those things that you are so use to doing? In this story Sarah's world ends up coming to a halt because she was multi-tasking...she lost a lot, but also gained something........ Read it, it's a good book....it'll make you think twice about what life really means and not to take things for granted.
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The author neglected nothing! I had been anticipating the release of this book as I thoroughly enjoyed "Still Alice." "Left Neglected" is a sensitive account of a woman who suffers a horrific accident that leaves her unable to realize she has a left side of her body, unable to experience sight and acknowledge herself or others on the left side of her body. I could relate to this book as my father suffered a massive stroke at 42, so it was interesting to me to "experience" some of what he may have lived through. This genre of book, like "Still Alice", although fiction, gives an insight into the human condition and develops empathy towards people who experience these predicaments in real life. Brilliant!
Date published: 2011-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read That Gets You Thinking! What a great book! Sarah Nickerson is a career-driven, overscheduled working mother living with her family in an affluent Boston suburb. In an instant while driving to work, her life is drastically transformed from a professional working mother to a person struggling with a traumatic brain injury known as "Left Neglect", a condition in which trauma to the right side of the brain results in the person not being able to recognize anything that exists on the left side. As a result of her accident, Sarah must relinquish control over her life to others around her, including her formerly absent mother. As she heals physically and tries to regain her independence, she must also re-evaluate her future, which may in fact no longer involve conference calls and spread sheets. What struck me most when I read this book is that what happened to Sarah could happen to anyone. Who hasn't gotten behind the wheel of a car and pulled out their cell phone? As a parent, you work as hard as you can to provide the best for your children but what is the ultimate cost for this lifestyle? You can sense Sarah's frustration as she struggles to recover, but there are also moments of humour and poignancy as she reconnects with her family, especially her mother. Lisa Genova masterfully tells Sarah's story so that you learn about this interesting medical condition, but also feel empathy for Sarah's challenge with starting her life over. Fans of her first book, "Still Alice" will not be disappointed with this follow-up. A great choice for book clubs.
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! This book will make you stop and smell the roses. It is about love and strong will. It will make you laugh and surely make you cry. I couldn't put it down because I could see myself in Sarah and needed to know how she was going to get through this. It is a great story about love between a husband and wife, mother and daughter, mother and son as Sarah is able to connect with Charlie. It is about second chances. You will love this book.
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book!! This was a really great read. I couldn't put in down. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2011-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I give this book a rating of 10 stars ! Alot more than absolutely wonderful. I was completely convinced I was reading the author's memoir. I can't find enough adjectives to describe the writing, the content, the emotions, the relationships, and all that is found in this book. I thought Stii Alice was amazing, but this... !!
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic New Read I'm a freshman in University, with little to no time to read, although it was always one of my favorite pastimes growing up, and in the summertime and throughout high school. My boyfriend's parent's gave me this novel for my birthday last weekend only, and I finished it today. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time (and I've read a lot of books). It was gripping, so interesting, the characters loveable, and relatable. Sarah reminds me a lot about my mom, and I'm passing this book along to my mom today. Pick up this book if you want something a little different, you loved Still Alice, want a great new read, would love something interesting and informative, thought-provoking, slightly heart-breaking, and keep you up way into the night (when I should have been studying for midterms, no less!) This is a great book, one I highly recommend.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Eye-Opener....A Wake-Up Call!! Sarah Nickerson lives in the affluent Boston suburb of Welmont where she leads an extremely busy and hectic life. Along with her husband Bob and their three children: Lucy, Charlie and baby Linus, they don’t have much time for family togetherness. Sarah is Vice-President of Human Resources at a large firm in Boston and Bob’s job is facing many lay-offs and he’s hoping he’s not next. Without both their incomes they wouldn’t be able to continue living in the affluent neighbourhood that they do now. One day while driving to work, in a hurry as usual and about to be late for an important meeting, Sarah begins talking and texting on her phone and takes her eyes off the road for just a second too long. She rolls her SUV and crashes! Sarah wakes up in the hospital and discovers she’s already been there for eight days and the news about her injuries are not good. Sarah as a traumatic brain injury called Left Neglect which is also known as unilateral neglect and hemispatial neglect and is a real neurological syndrome that occurs due to damage to the right hemisphere of the brain. People with Left Neglect aren’t blind but their brains ignore information on the left side of the world, often including the left side of their own bodies. Sarah has to learn to re-walk, feed herself, read, and do all the activities of daily living that we take for granted. Although the story is fictional, the Left Neglect is REAL! There are more people than you and I know that have been afflicted with this type of brain injury. Could you imagine waking up every morning and not being aware that you have a left hand, a left arm, a left leg, that there are words on the left side of the page you can’t see or your brain doesn’t register? Can you imagine how frustrating that would be? As the story continues, Sarah spends a few weeks in rehab and is then sent home where her mother comes from Cape Cod to help her with her continuing therapy. Sarah and her mother had not spoken in many, many years after her young brother Nate died when they were young children. Sarah’s mother huddled in her bedroom and was never a mother to Sarah after Nate’s death and Sarah regrets her showing up now after all these years. However, through rehabilitation for her brain injury there is also another type of rehabilitation taking place between Sarah and her Mom, but they don’t quite see it yet. This was an outstanding novel and once which kept me reading late into the night. I’m so fascinated about this Left Neglect that I’m going to look it up on the internet and learn more about it. This is a story for everyone!
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! A wonderful story that any working mother or career woman with a health challenge can relate to. I could not put the book down. A true happy ending.
Date published: 2011-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Becomes a page turner instantly I read this book in two days on a train trip. It is definitely a page-turner, easy to delve into right from the start- and if you liked Still Alice I am confident that you will also like this. Very enjoyable story to read. The subject matter, a woman recovering after an accident/brain injury sounds serious- and at times it is- but if you've read Still Alice you know not to judge a Lisa Genova novel by it's subject matter. The condition known as Left Neglect is real and so this novel is a real insight into what it is like to have it. The author is educated and did her homework (she has her PhD in neuroscience from Harvard university plus she writes in her acknowledgements that she worked with real patients and health care providers to write this novel.) Impressive. Sarah knows that she is living an unsutainable life. She is go-go-go all of the time and is a type A personality with a million things on the go. But after a car accident, she comes to believe that the accident was a wake-up call for her and changes the way that she lives her life. The way that Lisa Genova writes is just such a treat to read. She makes the story very interesting and very readable. To me this is the type of writing that keeps me entertained and interested the whole way through. It's like watching a movie in your head. She also sprinkles a little humour on almost every page. In this novel, I loved the relationship between Sarah and her husband Bob. It was very sweet and touching. Also touching was the relationship Sarah has with her mother and how wonderful it became after they reconnected after the accident. This is "my kind of novel" and hopefully she writes another one because I'd love to read it.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Are you looking for a book worthy of spending your Christmas gift card on? I've got one for you. Lisa Genova had a New York Times bestseller with her first novel Still Alice. I know she's got another bestseller on her hands with her latest book Left Neglected - releasing Jan 4/11. Sarah Nickerson has it all and can do it all. Can't she? High powered job - minimum of 80 hours a week, gorgeous house in a sought after neighbourhood, vacation home in Vermont, 3 children and a devoted husband. The one thing she doesn't seem to have though, is enough time. She can't make it to every soccer game and is sure that the other parents think that "Mothers who miss the games, like me, are bad mothers." "I love my children and know they're important, but so is my career and the life that career affords us." And her love life...well..."It's our typical morning good-bye kiss. A quick peck. A well-intentioned habit....It's a routine kiss, but I'm glad we do it. It does mean something. It's enough. And it's all we have time for." You get the picture. It is while trying to multitask - driving while talking on the cell phone - that Sarah's world is turned upside down. She gets into a horrific crash - one that leaves her with a traumatic brain injury. She is unaware of the left side of anything, including herself. And yes, the condition is real. Unable to work, dependent on others and forced to accept that her life will never be quite the same, Sarah must reexamine her life, her priorities and her relationships - the things in her life that have been 'left neglected.' I found the rekindling of the relationship with her mother especially poignant. Although the subject matter is serious, Genova handles it with candor and humour. Sarah's voice is so appealing and honest. Genova has a degree in Biopsychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard - her descriptions of a patient coping with brain injury are both accurate and informative. But Left Neglected is simply a really, really good read. Genova's prose flow so easily, the story is addictive and I became invested in Sarah's journey. And maybe take some time to reevaluate your own priorities. "What else is there? Maybe success can be something else, and maybe there's another way to get there." Eminently gift card worthy. I think this is going to be one of 2011's best sellers too. Five stars for me.
Date published: 2010-12-28

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Indigo Recommends:    A traumatic brain injury doesn’t sound like a fun fiction topic any more than Alzheimer’s did; but in Lisa Genova’s capable hands Left Neglected, like Still Alice before it, is a fascinating and hopeful read.High-powered, multi-tasking, working mother Sarah Nickerson, on a cell phone while driving, is involved in an accident and wakes up in hospital with literally half her world gone. She has become a victim of "left neglect", a brain injury for which there is limited medical insight, causing a loss of all perception of the left half of her body. She has a left arm and left leg but her brain can no longer process instructions to them. "Left" no longer exists for her. For many accident and stroke victims this gradually heals but not always. This is a fascinating look at how someone, for whom improvement isn’t possible, learns to cope with a new world.Sarah is a woman who has met every challenge with relish, so recuperation is a slow and frustrating process. She’s lucky to have asupportive family but her long stay in the hospital causes financial and child care problems. Her mother, with whom she has a difficultrelationship, comes to help and many old grievances come to the surface. The Nickersons are a believable family for whom fate hasdealt a difficult but not insurmountable problem. How they cope with it and take a new, simpler direction in life rings true. Not everyone has the chance to take stock of what’s important but many readers will see themselves and their families in Left Neglected and perhaps wonder "what if?"This is a wonderful, thoughtful read which you won’t be able to put down.

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“Irresistibly readable and moving.”Booklist