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An interesting story but not as good as "Still Alice",
This review is from: Left Neglected (Paperback)Sarah Nickerson is a high flying executive in her late 30s with three young children. She multi-tasks at a frenetic pace - on the verge of being out of control, but thriving on the adrenalin. Then one day she has a car accident while driving to work. A brain injury to her right hemisphere leaves her with "left neglect", a condition in which her brain ignores information on the left side of her world, including the left side of her body. Over the next few months, as she gradually comes to terms with her new limitations, she re-evaluates many aspects of her previous life and gets to know the parts that she has "left neglected" along the way.
Lisa Genova's previous book, Still Alice demonstrates her ability to take the reader inside the mind of someone suffering from a debilitating condition (in that case, Alzheimer's). She is similarly successful at giving a sense of what it would be like to have literally half your world erased. However the story is less poignant and frankly, I got a little bored in the middle which felt quite repetitive. While the book picks up again, the ending felt unsatisfactorily, rushed, with one too many neat coincidences.
Genova writes well, but this is not as compelling as her first book. I never really cared enough about Sarah and I felt that the "lessons" were overly predictable. An interesting story, but ultimately just an okay read.