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The story of an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.

Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old sev
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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Carolyn
I'm almost not sure what to say....

I have cried my way through this book. Wanting to climb into my son's high bed and hold him close.

This book is eerily similar to my life. So very much.

I have 2 sons. Both Autistic. One, the youngest, almost Asperger's. My eldest... Now 11, is non-verbal, eats with his fingers, adores "Mighty Machines" and "Bob the Builder", loves his chips... And steals everyone's hearts.

I am a photographer. A desperate move on my part, needing to find some source of income y
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Lis
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I did like this book but not as much as Genova's first two books (Still Alice and Left Neglected), which I loved.

I found the parallel-story/channeling aspect of the book a peculiar way to tell the story of an autistic boy (though it did allow us to see a parent's experience as well as the boy's experience). I found the "voicing" of the boy who couldn't speak rather unconvincing: I didn't experience it as what an autistic boy would actually be thinking, but always as what an author is imagining
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Nance
First, I just want to say ”thank you” to Ms. Genova for writing a book about autism. Regardless if this is a book of fiction, I found myself re-living daily episodes from the past 19 years with my own son. The author really did her research well. It just gave me a sense of peace that I haven’t felt in a long time. I could relate to the main character, Olivia who constantly questions - “Why my son?”, “Why my family?”, “Was it something I did wrong while I was pregnant?”, and “Will we ever find ou ...more
Deb
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, after waiting over a year for my beloved author Lisa Genova to write another book equal to Still Alice and Left neglected, I have to say I am severely disappointed. This book did not have what ever it was those books had. I felt for the two mothers/wives who were the main characters. There just wasn't enough character development. I didn't feel I knew them. After not writing for years, Beth sits down and this novel just comes to her. Yes, it's supposed to be magical but it didn't feel like ...more
Nancy
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This one made me cry. I am not a crier. Given, I was sitting in ICU shortly after my husband had brain surgery so there may be a excuse. Or a correlation.

Lisa Genova possesses a brilliant resume. She is a scientist with many letters following her name. She must think pragmatically so I struggle to reconcile the other part of her, the one I forgot. Her beautiful writing style as she empathetically takes the reader through a neurological experience so profound and so emotional, I cried.

I haven't
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Kimberly
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Back in September of 2011 I reviewed two books by amazing author, Lisa Genova. I have just finished her third book, "Love Anthony." Let me just jump right in and say this wasn't my favorite of the three by any means. I will tell you why, but first let me tell you about the book.

"Love Anthony" takes place on Nantucket Island, where it's busy with tourists and people with summer homes during the warm months and empty but for the locals who live their year-long during the cold winter months. Olivia
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☮Karen
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.5 stars. All I knew about this book before  was that it's about an autistic boy (or boy  with autism, whichever you prefer), and that was it.  I didn't even know much about autism.  I now feel I have a much better understanding of it, or at least of one way in which it might present itself;  so... Mission accomplished, Ms. Genova, as usual.

But I feel that wasn't her only mission.  This was also about the amazing sisterhood of women, about rocky marriages,  grief, feeling interminably isolated,
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Jeanette (Again)
Genova went completely round the bend with this one. Most of the book is trashy chick lit. And the end is just cheesy. I mean one big cheese puff. (view spoiler)

The only redeeming thing that bumped i
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Susan
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won, I won, I won, I won, I won - picture the happy dance the Old Man does in A Christmas Story upon learning of his Major Award and that's me all over. I WON a copy of Love Anthony from a goodreads giveaway! Can't wait for it to get here:-D

So, obviously, I received a copy of this through goodreads first reads from Gallery Books. And it still makes me happy dance just to think about it. Thank you!

About a year ago I totally blasted Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury. As the mother of a 14 year old boy
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TamElaine
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I’ve never been more excited about a book, than this one....I waited for its release date and purchased it the minute it went on sale....I thought the story line of the book as promised in the synopsis was ingenius....I had read blog posts by the author whose writing I just knew I would love, even though I had not yet had time to try her other books.

The story pulled at my heartstrings as Olivia’s story begins to unfold...as we meet Anthony through her eyes, it is obvious to conclude the author h
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❀Julie
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
My review of this book may be biased because this story affected me personally, but it delivered a heartfelt message and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While the book deals with loss, I felt the author handled the topic with sensitivity and compassion, weaving in the themes of healing and unconditional love, and at the same time educating the reader on the topic of autism. It is a compelling story of two women and a connection that will change their lives, but it was Olivia and her son’s story that we ...more
Maureen
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This book was poorly conceived and poorly executed. The characters were cliched and lacking in any sort of depth. The plot was trite and the dialogue overwrought. This book is a huge disappointment after the author's Still Alice and Left Neglected, which were both excellent and very good respectively. If you are a huge Genova fan and can get this book from your library or borrow it for free from someone, then I would give it a try, but I am afraid you will be very upset if you purchase this book ...more
Elyse  Walters
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow....
Where to begin....

Lisa Genova's books are worth reading! PERIOD! (She is making a difference)---blending stories with read life medical conditions.

In *Still Alice* and *Left Neglected* --the voice & narrator comes from people living with the medical condition they each have. (Dementia in *still Alice*, and a Neurological Syndrome in *Left Neglected*).

In *Love Anthony*,--The narrator of the story does not have the medical condition (Autism) ---but as she uncovers 'her' voice' (side plot:
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Sallie Dunn
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. My first foray into anything about Autism, here’s a heartfelt story about a woman named Olivia whose son has recently passed. Needless to say he suffered from this tragic diagnosis. The story is also about Beth, who is recently separated from her husband because of his infidelity. Needless to say, these two ladies’ lives cross paths, and they learn a lot from each other. This is a warm and compassionate tale that would appeal to anyone who knows or has a family member with autism. Havi ...more
Barb
I like to read historical fiction but every now and then I find a novel of contemporary fiction or a memoir that grabs my attention and I give it a try. More often than not my book club chooses something out of my preferred genre and I that's how I read something different. Which is why I read Lisa Genova's 'Still Alice' this spring. I was totally blown away by that book, I can honestly say I have never read a book that moved me as much as that did. I thought the realism was amazing, it was so w ...more
Carol
3.5 Stars

It took me a while to become truly interested, but once Beth began writing 'her thoughts' of a young boy with autism from his own perspective of the world in which he lives, I was hooked.

In this heartfelt work of fiction, the precious gift of a story from one broken-hearted wife and mother to another ultimately brings answers to uncertainty and hope for new beginnings.

Lisa Genova does a great job of expressing the true meaning of "unconditional" love in this rewarding read.

Sherri Thacker
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow! What did I just read? This book ... is full of so much emotion. The ending got me! I had to walk away, get a tissue and come back. Tearful ending but oh so beautifully written! Another beautiful book by the wonderful Lisa Genova. She really is a genius and I devour everything she has written. Just fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brenda
Olivia Donatelli’s life was shattered. Her wonderful, beautiful but autistic son, Anthony had died. The doctors said she couldn’t have done anymore, but she always wondered. Her marriage to David was also over, the tensions, pressures and finally Anthony’s death had broken them. They were still friends, but even though they continued to love each other, the heartache was too deep for their marriage to survive. So Olivia had left the family home and arrived at their cottage in Nantucket, alone, l ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book did not work for me. The character of Elizabeth, could have been written for the dramatic interplay found on most soap operas. Although there were a few poignant moments with the character of Olivia, the long drawn out descriptions quickly overwhelmed the few choice moments. I just didn't connect with either of these characters and this novel almost seemed overly written and overly dramatic in a somewhat snarly way. I did love her first few books so will definitely read her next. ARC f ...more
Ginger
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! Lisa Genova does it again.
Judy D Collins
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was Amazing!! My first book by Lisa Genova, and will be reading the other two as soon as possible! I loved the author’s usage of words to describe each scene in detail, which puts you in the setting as if you were experiencing its first hand-- from the items in a room, the senses, feelings, touch – making it so real and powerful!

This was a poignant, powerful, and heartfelt story of two women--their paths crossing at a time with strength from each other without knowing it. Olivia, mothe
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Cathe Olson
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of Genova, especially her first book 'Still Alice', so I was very excited to get her latest. In 'Love Anthony', two women--Beth and Olivia--living on Nantucket Island, are both going through divorces. They don't know each other at the beginning of the book, but little by little their stories intertwine. It is the story of Olivia's autistic son Anthony that brings them together.

This book pulled me right in. Genova is a great writer and storyteller. But as the book progressed, the s
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Debbie "DJ"
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this wonderful book, and still have tears in my eyes. Lisa Genova is such an incredible author. This story centers around the lives of two women, both looking for answers to some of life's most challenging questions. Although the story seems predictable, as we know their lives will become intwined, it still touched my heart in a way few books do. One woman, Olivia, is searching for answers in the death of her autistic son. The other, Beth, is in the midst of a dissolving marriage, ...more
Jim
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I cried.

If you haven't read Genova's previous book -- "Still Alice" -- then read that first and then come to this book; that process will enable you to trust in her writing -- because you'll need to where we're going.

This book has many flaws which you may, as I did (by virtue of Still Alice), regard as beautiful imperfections.

I was in the middle of reading several other books (as usual) but I stopped to read this - hardly page-turner territory I'll admit although you'll want and need to
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Marialyce
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2013
This is the third book of Ms Genova that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. Ms Genova has the ability both through her educational training and her spot on character development, to write stories that are extremely meaningful and ever so realistically true.

This time out, Ms Genova tackles in a very humane and intelligent manner the concept of autism and its effect on the family. Anthony, the son, is severely autistic and his mother tries desperately to make a connection, any connection to her s
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Carol Brill
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Beth is the mother of three daughters who suddenly learns her marriage is not what it seems. Trying to reconnect with herself, she starts writing a story about a fictional child with autism.
Olivia's life hasn't been normal since her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Love Anthony is told alternating between Beth and Olivia's Points of View. For more than half of the book, it felt more like two separate stories to me. Around 100 pages in, it became clear how the characters woul
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Kelli
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Lisa Genova is clearly intelligent and an outstanding writer. I found aspects of this book brilliant, especially her description of the brain being divided into rooms. Not having any experience with autism, I found her voice to be a logical explanation of how an autistic child might think and that alone is an enormous gift to all of us. She deserves five stars for those passages, for tackling such a challenging topic, for making it understandable to all. I cried my eyes out at the end. With all ...more
Dianne
I’m adding this book to my list of 5 star favourites. If you know any woman who is the mother to a child with special needs then perhaps you could mention this story to her.
Two women, both mothers, are struggling with complicated relationships with their marriage partners. What began as happy, loving partnerships, parents who loved each other and their mutual children has turned into adults who are in states of despair. Both couples have separated. The wives will become friends who help each ot
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Luanne Ollivier
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been regularly putting out Lisa Genova's last book, Left Neglected, as one of my staff picks. It's usually signed out by someone the very same day. And when I check it in, I put it right back out. I've been waiting for another book from Genova. (and so have lots of my patrons!)

Well the wait is over. Love Anthony releases today - and boy oh boy, was the wait worth it! Another absolutely fantastic read from this New York Times best selling author.

Genova sets her latest book in Nantucket. It'
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Dawn
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was shocked and somewhat offended that Lisa Genova would produce this piece of schlock. I LOVED "Still Alice" and was looking forward to the insights this neuroscientist and author would bring to autism. There was no true information here, only suppositions. These are based on, what I would have to assume, is limited interaction with children with autism. This could have been an important contribution to autism, unfortunately it was emotionally manipulative, amateurish, pandering, "chick lit" ...more
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Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.

Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is author of
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