Friday, March 23, 2012

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Fans of Still Alice will want to check out Lisa Genova's second book, Left Neglected.  Sarah is a busy career oriented mother of 3 who lives and works at a frantic pace until one day she wakes up in the hospital following a tragic car accident and surgery.  Sarah has Left Neglect, a neurological disorder that leaves her unaware of anything on the left side of her body and unaware of anything that she sees on the left.

As Sarah struggles to adjust her life, she realizes how much else has been left neglected - her children, her mother, her husband, her enjoyment of the little things in life.  Sarah and her husband Bob make a lot of changes in their life as she rehabilitates.

I really enjoyed learning about this disorder that I had never even heard of before.  I thought that I would enjoy this book more since it would be easier to relate to a 37 year old mother of 3 than the elderly woman in Still Alice.  However, this book really lacked the spark of her previous book.  I sympathized with Sarah - but I never really liked her.  The book is written exclusively from a first person perspective that's quite limiting as Sarah's perspective is so narrow (emotionally and neurologically!) and I would have liked to hear from Bob and Sarah's mother as well.

Not as good as Still Alice, but worthwhile to borrow from the Library. :-)

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