BOOK REVIEW: Love Anthony, by Lisa Genova

Date(s) read: November 20 – 21, 2012
Genre: Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS
From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of 
Still Aliceand Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforeseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.

Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

My Thoughts
And confession time – I love Lisa Genova. When I first read her book, Left Neglected, I knew I had to read everything she ever released. So I read Still Alice and loved her even more. When I heard she was writing a new book, Love Anthony, I was so excited. I even went to the store and bought the new book the day after it was released! Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Love Anthony, by Lisa Genova

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming books whose releases are being eagerly awaited. Bloggers are encouraged to join in and post about the book they’re looking forward to reading.

I absolutely LOVE Lisa Genova. I wish she had more than two books available because I honestly think that her first two novels are stunning and amazing. So, naturally, I’m soooo excited for her next book, Love Anthony!

Here’s the synopsis (from Goodreads):

From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Aliceand Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.

Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

Lisa Genova writes amazing books … I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for this one, still! Lisa revealed the cover last week and I’m completely in love with it!

Love Anthony will be released by Gallery Books on January 15, 2013. You should read it! Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova

Released: January 4, 2011 (Simon & Schuster)
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Genova delivers a poignant novel about a busy, vibrant woman in her 30s who has a car accident, leaving her to deal with a crippling disorder called left neglect.

My Thoughts (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. Continue reading