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The Resource Left neglected : a novel, Lisa Genova

Left neglected : a novel, Lisa Genova

Label
Left neglected : a novel
Title
Left neglected
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Genova
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sarah, a career-driven young mother, suffers a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that leaves her unable to perceive left-side information. The disability causes her to struggle through an uncertain recovery as she adapts to her new life
Tone
Review
  • First-person narrator Sarah Nickerson is a 37-year-old, overachieving multitasker with a Harvard MBA and a demanding job as vice president of human relations at a Boston consulting firm. Her husband, Bob, works at a struggling tech start-up and shares in the upbringing of their three young children in an affluent suburb. Then there’s a car accident on a rainy November morning, and a traumatic brain injury leaves Sarah with “left neglect,” a lack of awareness of anything to her left, including the left side of her own body. The one person who can help when insurance runs out is Sarah’s mother, Helen, yet their relationship has been rocky ever since Helen was a virtually absentee mother for Sarah after Sarah’s brother, Nate, died in childhood. As Sarah’s struggles parallel those of her 7-year-old son, Charlie, just diagnosed with ADHD, there is healing of body, mind, and mother-daughter relationship and acceptance that “normal is overrated.” Neuroscientist Genova (Still Alice, 2009) once again personalizes an actual disabling brain condition to create irresistibly readable and moving fiction. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 12-01-2010) (Booklist, vol 107, number 7, p26)
  • In neuroscientist Genova's second novel (after Still Alice), a car crash gives a successful younger woman an obscure neurological syndrome called Left Neglect. Upwardly mobile Sarah and Bob Nickerson live in suburban Massachusetts with their three small children. Both work 60-hour weeks, though the economic downturn looms. When Sarah wakes up eight days after crashing her car on the way to work, the doctors inform her of her condition, which causes her brain to ignore the left side of everything, and she begins a long and uncertain recovery. Genova vividly describes Sarah's fear and frustration about a recovery that may never come, turning her struggle into a lesson in forgiveness, acceptance, and adaptability; insights reveal themselves with extreme clarity, and small moments between Bob and Sarah illustrate his stalwart love, though readers may want a more thorough investigation of his growing role as caretaker, and as a character. More accessible than her somber first book, which dealt with early-onset Alzheimer's, the central condition causes readers to wonder what brain disease she will think of next. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 18, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 41, p)
  • With a Ph.D. in neuroscience, Genova brings an expertise to this novel about a woman suffering from a little-known neurological syndrome. Sarah Nickerson is a high-powered business executive, juggling 80 hours of work, marriage, and life with three young children. Following a car accident, she wakes up to learn she's suffering from brain damage, a syndrome called left neglect that leaves her unable to feel or see anything on her left side. As she struggles to recover, Sarah also copes with other aspects of her life "left neglected" owing to her busy lifestyle: her relationship with her mother, her son's inability to concentrate, and her own quality of life. Once again, the author of Still Alice , a best-selling debut about a woman dealing with early onset Alzheimer's, has created a character with a compelling voice and perspective in a moving story that shows how brain trauma forces people to change their lives. VERDICT This is a positive novel about hope and strength that should find a market with those who appreciate contemporary women's fiction and readers who either are coping with brain disorders or have family members with these conditions.— Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ --Lesa Holstine (Reviewed November 15, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 19, p59)
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377332
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Genova, Lisa
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.E55
LC item number
L44 2011
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life change events
  • Self-realization in women
  • Brain
Target audience
adult
Label
Left neglected : a novel, Lisa Genova
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/left-neglected-by-lisa-genova/
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781439164631
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010025568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 555641633
  • (OCoLC)555641633
Label
Left neglected : a novel, Lisa Genova
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/left-neglected-by-lisa-genova/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9781439164631
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010025568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 555641633
  • (OCoLC)555641633

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