Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Left Neglected

byLisa Genova

Hardcover | January 4, 2011

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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.

About The Author

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

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ISBN - 10:1439164630

ISBN - 13:9781439164631

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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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