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Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
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Jun 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: medicine, book-club, spring-2012, massachusetts
Read from April 30 to May 02, 2012

Sarah Nickerson's life is a treadmill she never gets off--working 80 hours weekly in a high pressure job, mothering three young children, and living in a wealthy Boston suburb with her husband Bob. One day she's trying to make a phone call when she's driving and gets into an accident, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. She's left with the neurological syndrome of Left Neglect where her brain ignores the information from the left side of her body, and everything she used to see on her left side. She improves slowly as she works in therapy in a rehab facility and at home with the highlight being snowboarding with an instructor from the New England Handicapped Sports Association. She questions what is important in life, and finds that she does not want to go back to her former lifestyle. She also forges a bond with her mother who is helping her during her recovery.

This is a story about family, forgiveness, despair, hope, and meaningful lifestyles. The book is narrated by Sarah, and many times it felt like she was having a wonderful conversation with the reader. Lisa Genova wrote very well about neurological conditions in both Left Neglected and her previous work, Still Alice. She gets the science right while giving the reader a compelling story about characters we care about.
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