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Wee Read Book Review: Left Neglected

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In Lisa Genova's novel Left Neglected we are introduced to Sarah - a do-it all super mom who excels at multi-tasking cramming every second of her life with multiple tasks. She has three children and a high-level high-pressure job that keeps her away from her kids for long days. In spite of a clear lack in balance, Sarah seems content with her life, deriving much satisfaction from the power and control her job gives her. But when Sarah reaches for her cell phone at exactly the wrong moment while driving, her whole world spins out of control along with her car. Sarah escapes with her life but suffers from brain damage called left neglect. The title of the book refers both to this condition, which frames the rest of the book as we witness Sarah's painstaking rehabilitation and the many epiphanies she has along the way, and the way she neglected herself in her previous life.

I was captivated by Sarah and found myself turning the pages vigorously to find out what happened to her. Lisa Genova has a wonderful way of writing - very simply and with lots of humour - that really grabs you and brings you into the book. It was a light read and took no time to read but by no means is it fluffy. We journey along with Sarah as she discovers more and more about herself and we learn along with Sarah -  the importance of balance, the benefits of spending time with family and necessity of inner-reflection.  Through Genova's writing we really build a relationship with Sarah and it is this relationship that makes the more mundane details - and chapters that are more about a person's daily life without much drama - really interesting. This book is like a good reality tv show!

Left Neglected is a wonderful way to check in with yourself - it drives home the importance of self and family and through Sarah's journey we all benefit from a little perspective.


For more information on Left Neglected click here. Meet the author Lisa Genova on February 24th at the Manulife Centre Indigo in Toronto, 7pm. Also in attendance authors Elena Gorokova and Jeanette Walls. More info here.

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