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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439164657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439164655
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In neuroscientist Genova's second novel (after Still Alice), a car crash gives a successful younger woman an obscure neurological syndrome called Left Neglect. Upwardly mobile Sarah and Bob Nickerson live in suburban Massachusetts with their three small children. Both work 60-hour weeks, though the economic downturn looms. When Sarah wakes up eight days after crashing her car on the way to work, the doctors inform her of her condition, which causes her brain to ignore the left side of everything, and she begins a long and uncertain recovery. Genova vividly describes Sarah's fear and frustration about a recovery that may never come, turning her struggle into a lesson in forgiveness, acceptance, and adaptability; insights reveal themselves with extreme clarity, and small moments between Bob and Sarah illustrate his stalwart love, though readers may want a more thorough investigation of his growing role as caretaker, and as a character. More accessible than her somber first book, which dealt with early-onset Alzheimer's, the central condition causes readers to wonder what brain disease she will think of next. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

First-person narrator Sarah Nickerson is a 37-year-old, overachieving multitasker with a Harvard MBA and a demanding job as vice president of human relations at a Boston consulting firm. Her husband, Bob, works at a struggling tech start-up and shares in the upbringing of their three young children in an affluent suburb. Then there’s a car accident on a rainy November morning, and a traumatic brain injury leaves Sarah with “left neglect,” a lack of awareness of anything to her left, including the left side of her own body. The one person who can help when insurance runs out is Sarah’s mother, Helen, yet their relationship has been rocky ever since Helen was a virtually absentee mother for Sarah after Sarah’s brother, Nate, died in childhood. As Sarah’s struggles parallel those of her 7-year-old son, Charlie, just diagnosed with ADHD, there is healing of body, mind, and mother-daughter relationship and acceptance that “normal is overrated.” Neuroscientist Genova (Still Alice, 2009) once again personalizes an actual disabling brain condition to create irresistibly readable and moving fiction. --Michele Leber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novels STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, and LOVE ANTHONY.

STILL ALICE spent 41 weeks on the New York Time bestseller list. It won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association. It was the #6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick, and a 2009 Target Book Club pick. There are over a million copies in print, and it has been translated into 25 languages. It was chosen as one of thirty titles for World Book Night 2013.

LEFT NEGLECTED, also a New York Times bestseller, was the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders "Book You'll Love" for January 2011, and the #4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011. It was chosen by the Richard and Judy bookclub in the UK.

Lisa's third novel, LOVE ANTHONY, also a New York Times bestseller, was an Indie Next Pick for October 2012 and a People Magazine Great Read.

Lisa travels worldwide, speaking about Alzheimer's Disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary film, TO NOT FADE AWAY.

Lisa's fourth novel focuses on Huntington's Disease. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.

Find out more at www.LisaGenova.com, www.facebook.com/authorlisagenova

Customer Reviews

Very interesting story.
Connie Lehman
Since Genova is a neuroscientist, she weaves Sarah's story with tremendous insight into brain injury, Left Neglect and the physiological phenomena at stake.
Lucy Cat
You never know what will happen but life will always go on... And what an amazing book to teach just this.
Mandy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Joan C. Goodrow on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully written, Genova takes us into the hurried and harried lives of a young family who seem to have it all or do they? Running in all directions,jobs, daycare, after school activites,you know the drill. Traveling in her car Sarah looks away from the road for one split second, shes doing the one thing that so many of us have become guilty of in this high tech over connected world we live in,texting while driving. In that split second of inattention Sarah's world change's forever.
The aftermath of the accident leaves Sarah with a traumatic brain injury know as left brain neglect. For the individual who suffers this devestating brain insult it is beyond all comprehension, because to Sarah the left side of her body ceases to exsist.
I found this book to be truly fascinating as Ms. Genova has the uncanny ability to get inside Sarah's head and describes this injury from her point of view, so that you truly understand what she is feeling. It's an amazing gift and I believe made this book a most rewarding read.
It is also a true cautionary story, one blink of an eye life can change forever and things can never be the same, we all get this, but this book reminds us quite vividly just how devestating the consquences can be.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Michele C. Deramo on January 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I looked forward to reading this book, since it came highly reviewed. However, I found myself put off by the author's unimaginative writing. The dream sequences at the beginning of the novel are intriguing, but the rest of the book gave only a surface telling of one woman dealing with the condition called Left Neglect. The main character is supposed to be a high powered business woman with a Harvard degree, but she lacks emotional depth of any kind. Her internal dialogue makes her seem shallow--consequently, I was unable to empathize with the character. The author seemed more in tune with the material trappings of the character's world--her wardrobe of high-heeled shoes and coffee machines and diamond jewelry--than she did with the reflexivity that is bound to occur when one's life has been completely dismantled. At various points, the character's behavior and emotional struggles seem juvenile. So, overall, I'd say this is a readable story about an interesting topic, but not compelling in any literary sense.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Left Neglected (which was wonderfully on my new Kindle yesterday morning!) and really, really liked it. The left neglect condition is fascinating to me even though I luckily cannot quite fathom it. The story was engrossing even beyond the traumatic brain injury, with the description of Sarah's life pre and post accident. I got stressed just reading about her life! I think that this would be a fascinating book club book, particularly if there is a mix of career and stay at home moms.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I basically agree with all of the reviews on here that compare Left Neglected with Still Alice. I found it impossible to empathize with the main character -- her perfectionist tendencies, juvenile attitude(in terms of her relationship with her mother), and sickening upper class lifestyle all actually made me cringe. I found her very unbelievable, and an extremely distant mother. She complains about her own mother not being a part of her life, yet she is barely a part of her children's own lives. She truly didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. Even after her accident, she remained extremely annoying and distant. And honestly, reading about her unusual condition wasn't even that interesting to me. After a while I was just like, I get it, she can't see the left side of things, stop beating me over the head with it, already.
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