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Love Anthony by [Genova, Lisa]
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"There's a point in the narrative where one of the characters becomes so engrossed in reading a book that she loses track of time. Readers of Genova's latest excellent offering might very well find the same happening to them."--Kirkus

"""Lisa Genova's novels ring true. "Love Anthony", like Genova's two previous novels, is beautifully written, and poignant to the point of heartbreak...Anyone who has had even a passing contact with an autistic child will relate.--USA Today

Writing with deep empathy and insight, Genova has created an engaging story that fearlessly asks the big questions.--Booklist

"It's not just a good book about autism, it's a good book that happens to have autism in it."--N. McKibben, Goodreads reviewer

"In "Love Anthony", Olivia is dealing with the death of her autistic young son, Anthony ... Genova's writing is getting stronger with each book, in my opinion. I recommend all of her books. I cannot wait to read anything else she writes."--Melissa's Book Picks

"""Lisa Genova's novels ring true. "Love Anthony," like Genova's two previous novels, is beautifully written, and poignant to the point of heartbreak...Anyone who has had even a passing contact with an autistic child will relate.--USA Today

"Autism is like a Zen "koan"--a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about "love." This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!" --Jamie Ford, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

"There s a point in the narrative where one of the characters becomes so engrossed in reading a book that she loses track of time. Readers of Genova s latest excellent offering might very well find the same happening to them."--Kirkus"

Autism is like a Zen "koan" a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about "love." This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!" --Jamie Ford, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet""

"It s not just a good book about autism, it s a good book that happens to have autism in it."--N. McKibben, Goodreads reviewer"

"In "Love Anthony," Olivia is dealing with the death of her autistic young son, Anthony Genova's writing is getting stronger with each book, in my opinion. I recommend all of her books. I cannot wait to read anything else she writes."--Melissa's Book Picks"

"Lisa Genova's novels ring true. Love Anthony, like Genova's two previous novels, is beautifully written, and poignant to the point of heartbreak...Anyone who has had even a passing contact with an autistic child will relate.--USA Today

Autism is like a Zen koan a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!" --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

"Lisa Genova has essentially created her own genre, the 'Lisa Genova' novel, in which complicated topics become accessible to readers through beautifully-drawn characters and profound, human-scale stories. Love Anthony dares to ask enormous questions, the big questions that bedevil all of us. Better yet, Genova has the wisdom to know which ones can be answered, and which cannot." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good

"Love Anthony broke my heart in the best way! I read it spellbound and breathless. If you don't know Lisa Genova's work already, meet your new favorite writer, storyteller, enchanter." --Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Winner of the Bellwether Prize

Genova's deep and empathic insight once again has blown me away -- particularly her intensely accurate portrayal of autism parenting. Her characters are complicated people, with unique, believable and, sometimes frustrating struggles. But perhaps Genova's true mastery is in the way she never fails to give us very real people to love. --Susan Senator, author of Making Peace With Autism"

"Autism is like a Zen koan--a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!" --Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Genova's deep and empathic insight once again has blown me away -- particularly her intensely accurate portrayal of autism parenting. Her characters are complicated people, with unique, believable and, sometimes frustrating struggles. But perhaps Genova's true mastery is in the way she never fails to give us very real people to love." --Susan Senator, author of Making Peace With Autism

"With every line of that last letter as written from Anthony, I wept harder ... My heart, my chest, my throat, my face, my eyes pulsated with something so painful, yet so beautiful and happy at the same time ... and if there is one thing every Mom with a child of Autism should know, it's the perspective written within that letter."--T. Elaine, Goodreads reviewer

"In Love Anthony, Olivia is dealing with the death of her autistic young son, Anthony ... Genova's writing is getting stronger with each book, in my opinion. I recommend all of her books. I cannot wait to read anything else she writes."--Melissa's Book Picks

About the Author

Lisa Genova holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University and lives with her family in Massachusetts. She is the New York Times-bestselling author of Still Alice, Left Neglected - a Richard & Judy Book Club pick - Love Anthony and Inside the O'Briens. Still Alice has sold over a million copies worldwide and was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00851CAB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 179 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book opens with Olivia, recently separated from her husband and mother to Anthony, who was autistic and tragically died aged 8. She has returned to the holiday home they own in Nantucket that they stopped coming to once Anthony turned 3 as "pretty much everything stopped once Anthony turned three". Olivia is completely unable to move forward with any aspect of her life, so full of guilt and grief. She hasn't gone back to her job as an editor of Self Help books in five years as she has become so disillusioned with the genre. When Anthony received his diagnosis (aged 3) Olivia read everything, searching for someone to "transform their lives....somebody must have the key that would unlock her son." But now she says bitterly, "What do they know? What does it matter?" And this is really the fundamental question for which Olivia is searching answers. What does anything matter? What did Anthony's life matter? What was its reason and purpose? What is her reason and purpose now? As well as answers, she is also desperately seeking atonement and an acceptance of the past and the cards she has been dealt. She hopes to find some space to recover in Nantucket.

In contrast, we are then introduced to Beth who receives a card in the post from an anonymous sender claiming to be sleeping with her husband. Both women set out on a journey for closure, release, happiness and love. They are also both in need of new beginnings and a need to redefine themselves for who they are, not who they were responsible or accountable to.

Beth and Olivia meet by chance and a gentle friendship begins to form, Beth seeks Olivia's advice on a manuscript she has been compelled to write, rekindling a passion for writing from long ago while she finds herself at a crossroads.
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Beth lives in Nantucket, an island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jimmy, and their three daughters. On the whole, she has a reasonably happy and fulfilled life - that is until she receives a card in the post from a woman who informs Beth that she is sleeping with her husband and that Jimmy is in love with her. (Not a spoiler, we learn this right at the beginning of the novel). Beth's world is turned upside down; she tells Jimmy to leave and is almost surprised when he immediately does so. But where does Beth go from here? Trying to rebuild her life, Beth decides to return to her writing, which is something she has put on hold since having a family, but she struggles to find a subject for her novel. Influenced by reading a book about an autistic child, which reminds Beth of an encounter she had on a beach some years before with a beautiful, but unusual boy, she decides that her novel will be a first person narrated story of a boy with autism. Inspired by a dream about the young boy on the beach, Beth finds the book almost writes itself - but how can she be sure that she has given a realistic account of what it is like to be on the autistic spectrum?

Olivia is married to David; they have one son, Anthony, who, when he is three years old is diagnosed with autism. Olivia struggles to come to terms with the fact that her beautiful son cannot speak to her, does not want to be cuddled and rarely gives her eye contact. Does Anthony know how much she loves him? Does he love her? Just when Olivia feels that she is beginning to come to terms with Anthony's autism, a tragedy occurs and Anthony dies. (Again, not a spoiler, we know this from the beginning of the story).
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Although it took a while to get into the book, once it drew me in I found it quite a page turner, but then it ended a little too soon and I wanted it to go on longer (not that I prefer long books). It begins with two separate stories about two women unknown to each other both living on the same island and both trying to come to terms with big changes in their lives. I found this part a little bit slow, a little bit too long and perhaps not up to the same standard as the author's two previous books. To me this book really started when one of the women, Beth, began writing a story about the inner thoughts of a boy with autism, and the other women, Olivia, began reading through her journal which noted her life caring for her son Anthony with autism. I felt this should have been how 'Love Anthony' should have started; like her other books this would have gripped me from the beginning - perhaps this is how the author did start the book originally?? Both Beth's and Olivia's writings were intriguing and insightful. When their paths cross, I was willing them on to become very close friends; I felt this could have been explored more so I ended feeling disappointed even though the book ending is quite upbeat.
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If I could give this book 10* I would.
Working with People and children with Autism this book was Beautifully written and came from the heart. I could relate to this story in many way and made me live inside the pages. The Story of Anthony was amazing. It made me laugh and then cry. The ending was sad but so perfect and made me reach for some tissues.
Well Done to the Author. xx
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