Left Neglected by Lisa Genova: Jodi Webb Reviews



Left Neglected

Lisa Genova

Paperback: 352 pages (also available in Hardcover, Audio, and Kindle format)

Publisher: Gallery (July 26, 2011)



From the publisher:

Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.


When I picked up Left Neglected I thought the syndrome the main character Sarah develops was a figment of author Lisa Genovese’s mind. Turns out it’s real! There are people in this world who can’t see the left side of their world. That in itself blew me away but on to the book…

We’re all so proud of ourselves for “compartmentalizing” our lives. Left Neglected is an interesting way to comment on the drawbacks of this little trick so many super-moms and dads develop. Not so great when you look at it through Sarah’s eyes.

Genovese does a fantastic job of describing the physical aspects of Left Neglect Syndrome. So much so that I found myself taking a break from reading to try and picture my living room through Sarah’s eyes or re-enact Sarah’s attempts at walking or skiing as described in the book. (My dogs were fascinated by these reading breaks and thought it was some new, weird sort of game.)

The first few chapters–the set-up of Sarah’s life–were a little “predictable super-mom life” but push on through. Once she had her accident I couldn’t put the book down. Seems ironic, even though her life had become so limited there were so many more choices and questions. Would she go to work? Would she deal with her mother? Would she recover? Would she ski? Would she move?

Sarah is honest, especially in the sections of the book where we get a peek at her unspoken thoughts. She isn’t always a patient mom. She wants perfection or nothing. After the accident she’s angry at everyone. Those glimpses into Sarah’s thoughts make this book.

Left Neglected will both amaze you–because of the realities of living with an odd medical condition–and touch you–as Sarah’s life changes, and not just physically. This is a book you’ll want to share with all your friends.

As a Blog Tour Organizer for WOW-Women on Writing, Jodi Webb’s inbox is crammed everyday with information about newly released books. Jodi wanted to tell the world about all these fabulous books — even the ones that didn’t do book tours — so she started Words by Webb for her book reviews. What started as an occasional post snowballed as she began reviewing for 1776 Productions and publishers, promoters and literary friends began contacting her about reading their books. She’s even drawn her children into the fun — all three enjoy reading the books she reviews and two have even posted reviews. Although she spends her nights reading, Jodi spends her days as a freelance writer, writing instructor, and wanna-be novelist.



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