Left Neglected

By Lisa Genova
(Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781439164655, 327pp.)

Publication Date: July 26, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List
“Sarah is the typical working mother -- too busy, multi-tasking, trying to be all things to her family and her co-workers. While driving on a busy, rain-slickened highway, she fumbles with her cellphone and, glancing up, sees nothing but red brake lights in front of her. She survives the rollover accident but is subsequently diagnosed with 'left neglect,' a condition in which her mind is unable to recognize anything left of the center of her body. The story of Sarah's fight through rehabilitation, her determination to get back to work, and her family's support and understanding is one of willpower and resolve that engages the reader from beginning to end.”
-- Nancy Simpson, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA


Description
From Lisa Genova--whose novel "Still Alice" is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart--comes this "New York Times "bestselling novel of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. A vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain disorder called "left neglect."
Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.
In this powerful and poignant "New York Times "bestseller, Lisa Genova explores what can happen when we are forced to change our perception of everything around us. "Left Neglected "is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters.



About the Author
Lisa Genova is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Inside the O'Briens", "Love Anthony", "Left Neglected", and "Still Alice". Her first novel, "Still Alice", has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on "Dr. Oz", "The Diane Rehm Show", CNN, "Chronicle", Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary film "To Not Fade Away". She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
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