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Preview — Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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, ...more
The only redeeming thing that bumped i ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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: ...more
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....more
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 ...more
This book pulled me right in. Genova is a great writer and storyteller. But as the book progressed, the s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
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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 the New Yo ...more