Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review of Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Sarah is a fast paced, successful, business woman.  She juggles family life and rearing three kids with working an 80 hour week as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting.  Her days are a whirl of e-mails, phone calls and school runs.  Her and husbands also high powered position means that they can afford to live in an affluent area with a weekend home in Vermont.

All that changes in the blink of eye when reaching over to grab her phone one icy commute her car skids off the road leaving Sarah in hospital needing major brain surgery.  She pulls through but is horrified to find she has a condition called,'Left Neglect'.  This is where her brain, that has been damaged on the right side, fails to register that she has a left side.  Everything on the left side of her is invisible and Sarah has to take on the enormous road to recovery.

Simple everyday tasks like getting dressed, eating and walking are near on impossible and Sarah has to go through months of therapy and face the daily humiliations of having to be helped onto the toilet, to get dressed and needs the aid of what she describes as a 'granny cane' (a walking frame) to drag herself around.  Determined to be 100% recovered and back to work  as soon as possible Sarah refuses to give in but soon realises that getting back to 100% may never happen.

This is a sad and moving story of how a life can be shattered in the blink of an eye.  However, there is some good that comes out of the accident and Sarah begins to see what is in fact most important in her life. 

I read this book in two days and enjoyed every word.  Sarah is a truly remarkable woman and I would love there to be a follow up to see how Sarah's life progresses

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