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After 14 years of marriage and three children, Beth Ellis discovers her husband is having an affair with a local waitress. Feeling heartbroken, rejected, and alone, Beth wants to recapture the independent, creative spirit she used to be and finds the inspiration to pick up pen and paper once again. What emerges is a startling new voice, one that will become a balm for her wounded soul. Newly separated Olivia Donatelli has just moved into her family’s rental cottage. Struggling to understand the unraveling of her marriage, she is also desperate to make sense of her eight-year-old autistic son Anthony’s short life and accidental death. A chance encounter between these two women develops into an unexpected and meaningful friendship, giving one writer the opportunity to find her voice and a grieving mother a chance to finally understand her son. In Love Anthony, readers will discover a unique portrayal of autism that is highly accessible and, at times, deeply profound. Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions. --Carol Gladstein --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"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." (Kirkus)

"Lisa Genova's novels ring true. Love Anthony, like Genova's two previous novels, is beautifully written, and poignant to the point of heartbreak...Anyone who has had even a passing contact with an autistic child will relate. (USA Today)

Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions. (Booklist)

“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

"With every line of that last letter as written from Anthony, I wept harder ... My heart, my chest, my throat, my face, my eyes pulsated with something so painful, yet so beautiful and happy at the same time ... and if there is one thing every Mom with a child of Autism should know, it’s the perspective written within that letter." (T. Elaine, Goodreads reviewer)

"It’s not just a good book about autism, it’s a good book that happens to have autism in it." (N. McKibben, Goodreads reviewer)

"In Love Anthony, Olivia is dealing with the death of her autistic young son, Anthony … Genova's writing is getting stronger with each book, in my opinion. I recommend all of her books. I cannot wait to read anything else she writes." (Melissa's Book Picks)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143916469X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439164693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (862 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens.

Still Alice has spent 59 weeks on the New York Times 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 2.6 million copies in print, and it has been translated into 36 languages. It was chosen as one of the thirty titles for World Book Night 2013. Still Alice is an Academy Award winning film from Sony Pictures Classics starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish. Julianne Moore won the 2015 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Alice Howland. A Top 10 Independent Movie of 2015 on iTunes.

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. Left Neglected was chosen by the Richard and Judy bookclub in the UK.

Lisa's third New York Times bestselling novel, Love Anthony was an October 2012 Indie Next pick and a People Magazine Great Read. USA Today calls it "beautifully written and poignant to the point of heartbreak."

Lisa's fourth novel, Inside the O'Briens, about a family living with Huntington's Disease was published April 7, 2015. An instant bestseller on its first week, it became the #1 hardcover fiction title in Canada and #12 on the New York Times bestseller list. Library Journal named Inside the O'Briens one of the best books of 2015 and it was the Goodreads #6 fiction title of 2015. "An unsparing, heart-piercing portrait...compelling...enlightening." -Washington Post. "A gut-wrenching and memorable read." -Library Journal, starred review.

Speaking about the neurological diseases and disorders she writes about, Lisa has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, 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.


The 2015 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

The 2015 Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award

The 2015 Abe Burrows Entertainment Award for the film "Still Alice"

The 2015 Global Genes - Fourth Annual RARE Champions of Hope Award

The 2015 Bates College Sesquicentennial Award

The 2015 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Media Award for Informing the Public about Treatment and Ongoing Research in Medical Illness

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

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Let me preface that Lisa Genova's "Still Alice" is my top ten book of ALL time. After thousands and thousands of books over 50 years this is a big endorsement. Alice still haunts me three years later. "Left Neglected" is also wonderful and informative. Lisa Genova has become a must buy author for me.

In "Love Anthony" we meet Beth, a 30 something mother of 3 girls, living year round on Nantucket Island. She discovers her husband is cheating with a waitress where he bartends via a scratched out birthday card sent from the mistress. She informs Beth that Jimmy and she are having sex and are in love. Beth kicks Jimmy out and at first hides in her home. Later, she looks for the reasons she is so unhappy and unfulfilled, rediscovering the joy and solace of writing. Four friends aid her in all her distresses; Petra, Courtney, Georgia and Jill, all yearly residents of the temperamental Nantucket.

Olivia has just moved to Nantucket where once her husband, David, and their autistic son, Anthony, owned this vacation cottage. Hingham, MA is their winter home. The stress, strain and finances for Anthony's care have torn Olivia and Dan into tiny pieces of nerves. Now their marriage is irreparable because 8 year old Anthony has been killed in a freak accident. They separate; Dan the home in Hingham and Olivia, the cottage. Anthony required intense care from Olivia and Dan plus every type of therapist or doctor they could afford; or not. Olivia is despondent; grieving, enmeshed in an aching pain. She refuses grief therapy, refuses God, refuses any comfort from anyone that offers. She wanders in the perpetual gray of winter searching for the answers as to why Anthony had to be born with autism and why he had such a short life?
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This author, Lisa Genova, writes very well. Her characters and dialog are very believable. All the action takes place on Nantucket island and it begins during the long gloomy winter. Basically the chapters in the book alternate between two women: #1 Beth, a wife and mother who finds out that her husband is cheating on her; and #2 Olivia who has come to the island alone to grieve the death of her autistic young son Anthony. The women do not know each other but ever so slowly their lives begin to interweave - at first just on the outskirts and then ever closer and closer. I think Ms. Genova develops both stories very well but as their lives get closer, she strains credulity and slips into fantasy with the incredible coincidences and then an almost magical mental telepathy in the way the two stories come together. The stories are both very touching and focus on the pain of a beautiful autistic young boy. I don't care for leaving reality this way in fiction and would have preferred she stick with the strong story she already had rather than slip into fantasy - too much suspension of belief. But nevertheless the stories are poignant and quite enjoyable. It certainly kept me reading.
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I have to preface this review with the fact that I LOVED Still Alice. That booked haunts me to this day. I felt that Genova really captured the tragedy of altzheimer's and dementia. Left Neglect was very good as well. The brain is such a mystery to us lay persons and Genova lets us peek inside to show us the effects of these complex ailments. Genova manages to weave a compelling story so that her character's struggles become your own heartbreaking struggles for that short time. Because my life has been touched by autism, I was very eager to read this book. Perhaps my bar was set too high, because I finished sort of disappointed.

I loved Anthony and Olivia's story. I felt that Genova did a great job telling their story and struggle.

I didn't care for Beth's story. Her writing Anthony's story as some sort of catharsis from her jerky husband cheating on her seemed implausible. Her group of friends were totally unnecessary. There were certain scenes that came off to me as creepy. I think when Olivia dropped off her proofs was one scene. Maybe it was just too contrived for me that these women should become friends.

I would still recommend this book, especially to those who haven't read her other work yet. Love Anthony seems to border on chick-lit whereas the previous books were not and so it suffers a bit by comparison.
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I truly believe that Lisa Genova is one of the best writers of our time. Her first novel Still Alice changed the way I look at the world. It is one of two books that I regularly purchase and gift to people.

Being a mother and wife has been Beth's identity. Now faced with a cheating husband, her identity has been smashed. Desperate to give a normal life to her two daughter, Beth will do anything to regain her husband, and her sense of self.

After the death of her son, Olivia retreats to her summer cottage in Nantucket. Hiding from her life and her world, she struggles to understand why her son had autism and why God took him from this world.

Love Anthony brings you into the heartbreaking world of autism. Ms. Genova's portrayal of the mind of an autistic boy brought me a better understanding of this disease. She brings you into a story of family, unconditional love, and terribe loss. Love Anthony is a novel not to be missed.
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