Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Published June 26, 2017
- Author Lisa Genova
I love Genova’s writing. Usually, as in this case, her books are introducing me to conditions I’ve never even heard of, but even where conditions are more well known, there’s an empathy and a realism about the writing that puts you right at the heart of the family involved.
This story is about Left Neglect, a neurological condition that means the brain is incapable of registering the left hand side. It must be so hard to describe and deal with, and yet reading the book my heart absolutely went out to Sarah and I felt like I could feel what she was going through.
It’s also good to read about the extended family - that life doesn’t always just stop because there’s been a big diagnosis for someone, and that people don’t always get happy endings or have endless amounts of sympathy and support. It’s just refreshing to read these stories, optimism but realism in equal measure.