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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop - Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

I'm proud today to be hosting a book blog tour stop for the amazing book, "Left Neglected," by Lisa Genova.

Life can change in the flicker of an eye. In only an instant, everything that once seemed normal can become abnormal - right can be wrong, up can be down, and right can turn into left in a heartbeat.

Sarah Nickerson was the typical over-worked, over-stressed, over-ambitious wife and mom who was intent on trying to do everything. Living in the good life in the suburbs of Boston, Sarah and her husband Bob were determined to give their young children, Charlie, Lucy and Linus, the best they could. But when Sarah is involved in a horrific car accident, their lives change forever and the struggle begins to find their way back to normal.

Sarah’s accident (she was trying to make a call on her cell phone when she crashed her SUV) leaves her with the rare condition called “Left Neglect,” meaning her brain did not recognize anything on the left side.

In a flash, the once confident, competent woman is reduced to depending on everyone around her for help walking, eating, dressing – everything, and for Sarah this is a huge awakening. As she struggles with rehabilitation and physical therapy to retrain her brain to think “left” again, Sarah begins to reflect on her former life and how different her new life will be as she is forced to slow down and take stock of what is important.

Sarah’s accident has also brought her long-estranged mother back into her life, bringing another aspect to her newly dependent life. As the two women struggle to overcome their sorrowful past, Sarah finds she has gained a new respect for her mother, an emotion that she almost let slip by before it was too late.

In her second novel, “Left Neglected,” Lisa Genova once again delivers a story about family relationships and how they are affected when a life-altering occurrence takes place. Genova, who is a neuroscientist, crafts her story to include the scientific aspects of the injury that changes her main character’s life along with the very non-scientific side of the family relationship and issues that must be overcome by Sarah’s entire family.

This is a beautifully written novel that readers will find heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming.

About The Author:

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novels STILL ALICE and LEFT NEGLECTED.

STILL ALICE debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has spent 36 weeks on that list.  It won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association.  It was the #6 Top Book Group Favorite of 2009 by Reading Group Choices, a 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, a 2009 Indie Next pick, a 2009 Borders Book Club Pick, and a 2009 Target Book Club pick.  There are over a million copies in print, and it has been translated into 25 languages.

LEFT NEGLECTED spent 7 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in hardcover.  It was the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2011, the Borders “Book You’ll Love” for January 2011, and is the #4 Indie Reading Group Pick for summer 2011.  It will be released in trade paperback on July 26, 2011.

Lisa is currently writing her third novel, LOVE ANTHONY, about a boy with autism. She lives with her family on Cape Cod.
Check out her website at www.lisagenova.com for more information on her upcoming projects.

My thanks to Ayelet Gruenspecht with Simon and Schuster for including me on this tour. I received a copy of the book for review and I was not compensated for my opinion.


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I recently read this and loved it! I thought it was very well done.

Lisa Genova said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read LEFT NEGLECTED and for posting such a great (and beautifully written) review of it at your blog! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story!

If you're on Facebook and would like to stay in touch, please join me at www.facebook.com/authorlisagenova. Hope to see you there!

Thank again and Happy Summer!
Best wishes,
Lisa Genova

jonathanfigaro said...

A wonderful review in deed. I will def, look into the book!!! Cheers!

Mystica said...

This is on my TBR but it is unlikely that I would find it soon. It will eventually be discovered somewhere here! Thank you for a wonderful review of a book which is obviously very good.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Lisa, thank you so much for dropping by and for writing such a wonderful book!
And thank you ladies for coming by as well. "Left Neglected" is a great read!!