Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

review by Maryom

Sarah Nickerson is a compulsive high achiever. She has everything she ever wanted - a highly paid career, a loving husband, three gorgeous children, a house in a desirable suburb and a second home in a ski-resort. But everything and everyone is scheduled into a hectic routine - until the day the unthinkable happens. A car crash leaves Sarah with no sense at all of the 'left' side of things - she doesn't move the left side of her body, cannot see things on her left, even ignores the food on the left hand side of her plate.
Sarah begins to reassess her hectic life style and wonder if it really was worthwhile.

Left Neglected is a fascinating look at a neurological condition that I must admit I'd never heard of. Lisa Genova really gets behind how it must feel to be afflicted with this and enables the reader to share Sarah's frustrations in coming to terms with it. This is where I feel the strength of the book lies, rather than in plot or original characters. Being fiction, everything rounds off nicely at the end in a way that presumably happens rarely to real sufferers.

There are other aspects of 'neglect' to the story - the neglect of Sarah by her mother following a family tragedy; the neglect of personal and family life by Sarah and her husband Bob as they put all their energies into the pursuit of high-flying careers.

An enjoyable read and intriguing medical insight - a must for anyone addicted to hospital dramas or 'weird and wonderful body' programmes.

Maryom's review - 3.5 stars
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Genre - Adult Fiction

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one and I loved her first novel, Still Alice.