Left Neglected

Left Neglected

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Title: Left Neglected

Author: Lisa Genova

Published: Simon & Schuster, 2011

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Sarah Nickerson has it all: the high-flying career, the loving family, the second home. But between excelling at work; shuttling the kids to football, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son’s teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it’s a wonder this over-scheduled over-achiever has time to breathe.

Sarah manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller, until one fateful day, while driving to work, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, her chaotic life comes to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world. For once, Sarah must relinquish control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. As she wills herself to heal, Sarah must learn that a happiness greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

In Brief

 

 

An insightful and sometimes frustrating look into the effects of a brain injury on both patient and family.

My Thoughts

 

 

Sarah Nickerson is a high powered wife and mother. Every minute is scheduled. Double booked even. No rest for the wicked and all that. Make all the monies. You know. Long days, minimal sleep, the last time she had an afternoon of rest and relaxation was…. never. Firstly, let me just say – not my kinda life. I could maybe uphold that for… 3 weeks? A month? That aside, after Sarah has a car accident, she winds up with left neglect. Which effectively means that she forgets her whole left side exists.

We follow Sarah as she struggles to come to terms with her new normal, and at the same time her son is struggling with how to manage his ADD. Her life has changed dramatically, and as much as she works and pushes her rehab, there comes a point where she just isn’t going to get any better. Then comes the mental struggle. Chuck her mother in the mix and you’ve found Sarah’s hell.

I really enjoyed Left Neglected, seeing Sarah improve, and deal with her mental struggles – like if she keeps forgetting she has a left leg, how is she ever going to ski again?

Lisa Genova has a PhD in Neuroscience, and as a nurse who has worked in neurology I find her books fascinating. Still Alice explores Alzheimers, and her newest book Love Anthony looks into autism. All of these are written about in a fascinating, tactful, engaging manner. Her writing is easy to read, and for me un-put-down-able. She explores difficult and complicated topics in an easy to read and easy to understand manner.

Rating

A: Almost Flawless!

 

RecommendAbsolutely. Not too heavy on the medical, but just enough so you understand what’s going on. If you enjoy ‘journey’ books, this one’s for you!

 

Have you read Left Neglected? Have you read any of Lisa Genova’s other books? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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August Wrap Up

This is a monthly post done at the beginning of each month to quickly recap what I’ve read through the previous month.

 

Aaaand, August is done. This year is absolutely flying. Work continues to keep me busy – shocker, I know. We’ve got our second yearly accreditation coming up, so everyone is worker-bee-ing to get everything officially official and skills and protocols all up to scratch. Because of that, I’ve spent more time power-napping on the train this month than intended! Oops. But I clearly need the extra sleep so we’ll let that one slide shall we?

 

READ

  • Away With The Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  • The Undercover Cook by Katie Fforde
  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
  • Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
  • Zoo by James Patterson
  • Working Wonders by Jenny Colgan
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Yikes, another 11 done. So currently I’m ahead in my Goodreads Challenge. Yay me!

Goodreads Challenge Update – 67/100

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Tick Tock by James Patterson
  • A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

 

BOOK CLUB READ

  • August/September – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

 

How was your August?