Saturday, November 20, 2010

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova - Library Journal Review

If I hadn't been sent Lisa Genova's Left Neglected to review for Library Journal, I might not have gone back to read her novel, Still Alice.   I'm so grateful that I was selected to review the one, so I could discover Genova as an author.  Here's my review of Left Neglected, as it appeared in the Nov. 15, 2010 issue of Library Journal.

Genova, Lisa. Left Neglected. Gallery: S. & S. Jan. 2011. c.336p. ISBN 9781439164631. $25. F

With a Ph.D. in neuroscience, Genova brings an expertise to this novel about a woman suffering from a little-known neurological syndrome. Sarah Nickerson is a high-powered business executive, juggling 80 hours of work, marriage, and life with three young children. Following a car accident, she wakes up to learn she’s suffering from brain damage, a syndrome called left neglect that leaves her unable to feel or see anything on her left side. As she struggles to recover, Sarah also copes with other aspects of her life “left neglected” owing to her busy lifestyle: her relationship with her mother, her son’s inability to concentrate, and her own quality of life. Once again, the author of Still Alice, a best-selling debut about a woman dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s, has created a character with a compelling voice and perspective in a moving story that shows how brain trauma forces people to change their lives. VERDICT This is a positive novel about hope and strength that should find a market with those who appreciate contemporary women’s fiction and readers who either are coping with brain disorders or have family members with these conditions.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ

Copyright 2010. Library Journals, LLC. Nov. 15, 2010 issue. Reprinted with permission.






8 comments:

Ingrid King said...

I thought Still Alice was amazing, so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Lesa said...

Put it on your list for January, Ingrid. You won't want to miss it. Still Alice was amazing. And, this one is fascinating.

bermudaonion said...

I have the perfect person to buy this book for. Thanks for a great review!

Tricia said...

I loved Still Alice. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. I love books where I learn something as I try to imagine walking in someone else's shoes.

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh wow! I loved Still Alice, so this is going on my TBR list right away! Great review!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Kathy. Remember, it doesn't come out until January,though.

Lesa said...

Tricia,

I definitely learned something in this book. I never heard of Left Neglect until I read this. It was fascinating.

Lesa said...

Thank you, SmallWorld at Home. I think you'll like this one when it comes out.