Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova



Lisa Genova has written several novels about what happens when people find themselves in unusual circumstances because of brain injury of disease. Such a book is Left Neglected.
Sarah, the main character, is a high-powered business executive who is driven, overscheduled, and ambitious. We enter her life as she is trying to squeeze business commitments, her husband and her 3 kids into an already full day. The tempo of the book builds with each page as we experience the accelerated pace of Sarah’s life through her eyes. We experience her accident, her brain injury, her left neglected syndrome, her physiotherapy and recovery. After her accident, like all high achievers, she expects to quickly solve her problems and return to the fast lane. However, Left Neglected syndrome means that her brain does not recognize anything on the left side of her body. She can’t even see a person standing on her left side. She must retrain her brain and make it aware of her left side. This is a slow and difficult process requiring a person to be patient with oneself.
Elaine in our Winkler branch found herself drawn into Sarah’s story immediately and felt with her during her crises and recovery. The book is easy to read and it’s easy to identify with the main character. It is one of those books that makes one think, “What on earth would I do if that happened to me?”
Lisa Genova has written several novels about what happens when people find themselves in unusual circumstances because of brain injury of disease. Such a book is Left Neglected.
Sarah, the main character, is a high-powered business executive who is driven, overscheduled, and ambitious. We enter her life as she is trying to squeeze business commitments, her husband and her 3 kids into an already full day. The tempo of the book builds with each page as we experience the accelerated pace of Sarah’s life through her eyes. We experience her accident, her brain injury, her left neglected syndrome, her physiotherapy and recovery. After her accident, like all high achievers, she expects to quickly solve her problems and return to the fast lane. However, Left Neglected syndrome means that her brain does not recognize anything on the left side of her body. She can’t even see a person standing on her left side. She must retrain her brain and make it aware of her left side. This is a slow and difficult process requiring a person to be patient with oneself.
Elaine in our Winkler branch found herself drawn into Sarah’s story immediately and felt with her during her crises and recovery. The book is easy to read and it’s easy to identify with the main character. It is one of those books that makes one think, “What on earth would I do if that happened to me?”

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