“Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova

I just put Lisa Genova’s novel, Left Neglected, down and that was only because I finished reading it. Genova has mad talent. There’s no other way of putting it. A graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in Neuroscience, you would never think she’d be an author, let alone one with amazing skills.

I read Still Alice, Genova’s first book a few months back and was left amazed by her talent at explaining Alzheimer’s disease and creating a beautiful story about a woman who begins forgetting her entire life in her 50s. Left Neglected is no less amazing.

Left Neglected is a story that’s everyone can relate to. Sarah is 37-years-old. She works in a corporate office in Boston, she’s a wife, a mother of three, and an all-around busy woman. Full-time at her company means 70 to 80 hours a week. She’s constantly speeding through life trying to get everything done until one day, she picks up her phone to make a call while driving and doesn’t realize the traffic has stopped completely until it’s too late. Sarah ends up in the hospital with half her head shaved and no idea where left is. She has left Neglect, her brain doesn’t register anything on her left. She doesn’t see anyone or anything on her left and doesn’t realize she has a left arm or leg. She can only see half her plate when eating, can read only the words on the right side of the page, and can walk only with the help of a cane and dragging her left foot.Genova does an amazing job delving into Sarah’s mind and making the reader understand how she sees the world with Neglect and what Neglect feels like. And let me tell you, it’s pretty scary.

The story doesn’t only focus on Neglect, but also on realizing what’s important in life. Many of us live fast-paced lives, checking Facebook, trying to juggle chores, friends, and family all while doing overtime and trying to make a good impression at work. Left Neglected focuses on fast-paced living before bringing everything to a screeching halt. Genova’s novel is an amazing read that also holds many lessons, leave your cellphone in your purse while driving, work is not always most important, and nothing’s impossible.

Grab a copy of Left Neglected today. Only $8 on amazon.ca! You won’t regret it!

Happy reading 🙂

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