Left Neglected (Paperback)
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DescriptionOne typical morning, Sarah Nickerson, a woman in her mid-thirties, is late for work, racing in her car after dropping her kids off at school and daycare. She tries to phone in to a meeting she should already be at when she takes her eye off the road for a second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. Sarah suffers a traumatic head injury. Her memory and intellect are intact, but she has lost all interest in, and the ability to perceive, information coming from the left side of space. The left side of her world has gone. Sarah only eats the food from the right side of her plate. She can't see her watch, or her engagement diamond or her wedding ring. She tries to use a wheel chair but can only spin in circles as her left arm dangles by her side.
- Published: 01 September 2011
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781849835725 ISBN 10: 1849835721
- Sales rank: 9,556
Reviews for Left Neglected
I've just finished reading the book and I have to be honest I'm disappointed. I expected much more of the story. by Olivia Q.
- Top review
Do you know what is left neglect? If you donÂ´t, TRY imagining this:
Look at your keyboard and start typing something. Whoops. It ended up looking something like this: hllo my in. (hello my friend) That is because you do not notice the left side of your keyboard. That is what could happen to a person with left neglect. Now there is nothing wrong with their eye sight, they just do not notice the things on their left side, whether it is the left side of their body, the left side of the room, left of the page of a book, anything.
So that is what this book is about, a woman with left neglect. That is all I will tell about the plot to not spoil too much. I definitely liked this book! I donÂ´t often read books like this, but from time to time one catches my eye. Thankfully this one did.
The beginning was just a little bit slow for me, basically because I was expecting the certain point of the story I knew was coming. But the author described SarahÂ´s life so that it was easy to imagine her everyday normal life, which is important to fully understand how it changes. Then it was all really good and I couldnÂ´t stop reading. The author has written a well described story of a familyÂ´s struggle and succeeded in putting in the funny side of things that are not funny. A really quick read! by Johanna Pulkkinen
Left Neglected, Left Behind
I was really looking forward to this novel so much that I think I gave it a pedestal. Sadly however, I found this novel a major let-down. I loved the beginning of it, I loved the middle but the ending fell short for me.
I felt that Genova really relaxed by the end quarter of the book andthat let the ending down.
sadly for me, I won't be reading anymore of her works anytime soon. by anjali
First of all, I think that the title of this book is very clever, just like the novel. When I picked up this book and even after reading the blurb, I had no idea that this book was about a neurological condition - in fact, I'd never even heard of 'Left Neglect' which is a condition also known as hemispatial neglect. This book definitely opened my eyes and taught me about this condition which I previously had no idea about. It was interesting to hear about the main character, Sarah, both before and after her accident and seeing the impact that her condition had not only on herself but upon the people around her, too. The other, emotionally based neglect regarding Sarah's relationship with her mother was also well written and rather emotional. The way it was intertwined with the dealing of Sarah's condition was very sensitively handled. I also thought it was very positive that the message of not using your phone whilst driving was reinforced near the end of the book. There was some light hearted humour which ran through the book too, which made it easier to read. Genova really managed to get into Sarah's character and really sympathise with her. The other family members felt strong too and I found Charlie facing ADHD and trying to tackle it alongside his mothers different condition very heartwarming. The whole book was interesting and although there weren't any 'cliff hangers', I felt compelled to keep reading on, simply because of the subject and the simple writing. I look forward to more of Genova's writing and she's definitely an author I'd recommend to those who enjoy novels by authors such as Jodi Picoult. by Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page)