Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Left Neglected
By Lisa Genova

About The Book:
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 graduated valedictorian 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 and LEFT NEGLECTED.

Review by Lynda:
Seldom have I read a book that so surprised me. I didn't really expect to be enthralled by the tragic circumstances of Sarah Nickerson, but enthralled I was. Sarah's character is so well written that I felt like she was someone I knew personally. I wanted to hold her hand, smack her when she got too testy, and cheer her on as she achieved each small victory.

Author Lisa Genova mixes frustration, failure, disbelief, and depression with just the right amount of humor that gave me a moment to take a deep breath before diving ever deeper into this superb story. What Sarah is able to accomplish through sheer grit and determination is remarkable, but when coupled with the love and commitment of her family, well, it's beautiful and miraculous. What an up-lifting and inspiring story!


  1. I'm going to have to check this one out - I love great characters, and Sarah sounds like one. Thank you for the great review!

  2. I've been wanting to read this book. I'm looking forward to it.