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Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
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Sep 30, 2012

really liked it

In this novel, Sarah is a mom of three, a graduate of Harvard Business, and the vice president of human resources at Berkeley Consulting. She works 80 hours plus and her husband also works many, many hours. They have two homes (one in a suburb of Boston where they live and work, one in Vermont where they vacation and ski). One day she is driving to work in a rainstorm, distracted, and she gets in a terrible car accident and suffers a traumatic brain injury. This causes her to suffer from Left Neglect. Her brain no longer recognizes that she has a left side or recognizes anything on her left. She has to relearn to walk, read, and do most of the things she has always taken for granted. Her life slows down out of necessity.

And while this is a tremendous challenge, it also becomes a tremendous blessing. She receives a lot of therapy and makes a good friend in the process. She gets help from her estranged mother. She slows down and has more time with her children. She comes to see what is most important.

I thought this did a nice job of showing both the loss and grief that she suffered and humiliation as well as the lessons she learned and the support she received. It didn't paint a rosy picture of her rehabilitation but it wasn't all bad news either. I appreciated that while the ending wasn't completely happy, there was a feeling of hope and peace. Another great book by Genova.

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