Left Neglected

Left Neglected

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By (author) Lisa Genova

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 30mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849835721
  • ISBN 13: 9781849835725
  • Sales rank: 5,558

Product description

One 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.

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Author information

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's Association. She lives with her husband and two children on the Cape. Still Alice is her first novel. She is currently at work on her second that also centers on a neurologist impairment called Left Neglected.

Customer reviews

By Loucrecia 09 Mar 2013 2

I've just finished reading the book and I have to be honest I'm disappointed. I expected much more of the story.

By Johanna Pulkkinen 08 Oct 2012 4

Do you know what is left neglect? If you don�´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 don�´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 Sarah�´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 couldn�´t stop reading. The author has written a well described story of a family�´s struggle and succeeded in putting in the funny side of things that are not funny. A really quick read!

By anjali 12 Jun 2012 2

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 Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 05 Nov 2011 4

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.

Review quote

"Remember how you couldn't put down Still Alice? Well, clear your schedule--because you're going to feel the same way." --JODI PICOULT Then we are using this full quote, with full attribution, on top of back cover: "The journey Lisa Genova takes us on in LEFT NEGLECTED is a personal one, for any woman who's ever had to make a business call while driving to day care, or who finishes a full day's work at a high-powered job only to start the second shift as a mom: sometimes, we literally need a shock to the system to remember what matters the most in life. Remember how you couldn't put down STILL ALICE? Well, clear your schedule - because you're going to feel the same way." - Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of HOUSE RULES and SING YOU HOME "Lisa Genova is the Michael Crichton of brain science. What she proved with Still Alice, she proves again with Left Neglected. This is huge, powerful human drama at its elegant best." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean "As Sarah Nickerson works her way through a devastating brain injury and back into her hectic life, she is forced to re-evaluate what really matters. I dare any reader to not do the same in their own lives after reading this book." --Ann Hood, author of Comfort, The Red Thread and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine "Lisa Genova has done it again! By turns chilling and deeply moving, Left Neglected is a stunning reminder that a single moment can change a life...A Triumph on many levels" --Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader "Achingly real. Beautifully written. Lisa Genova takes us on a moving journey of loss, forgiveness, hope, love and the resilience of the human spirit." -- Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way "Intuitive and captivating. In this moving chronicle of a family's struggle with brain injury, Lisa Genova powerfully conveys the shattering trials of an ordinary life made alien by brain injury, and in the process reveals the true power and strength of the human spirit. Left Neglected will leave you stunned and inspired." -- Michael Paul Mason, author of Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath "Devastating and hopeful, haunting and familiar, Left Neglected is a triumph of insight and empathy." -- Stefan Merrill Block, International Bestselling author of The Story of Forgetting and The Storm at the Door "Once again, Lisa Genova goes where few authors dare, and mines a compelling and beautifully written story about finding peace, wisdom and human connection. While Sarah Nickerson's condition is rare, her journey is universal. " --Lynn Kiele Bonasia, author of Summer Shift 'A sentimental but compelling read that reminds us that appreciating health is a no-brainer' The Lady 22/3 'Insightful ... a stark reminder of the fine line that separates everyday life from disaster' Daily Mail