A poignant novel about a busy, vibrant woman in her 30s who has a car accident, leaving her to deal with a crippling disorder called left neglect.
Like her first novel Still Alice, Lisa Genova’s new book tackles a serious brain problem in a tale that is both intriguing and enthralling.... read more
Sarah Nickerson, a career oriented mother of three young children and wife of Bob, her equally career minded husband, finds her highly prestigious life side-lined when she incurs a traumatic brain injury. Shortly after becoming conscious in the hospital, she discovers that she suffers from... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Sarah Nickerson, a career oriented mother of three young children and wife of Bob, her equally career minded husband, finds her highly prestigious life side-lined when she incurs a traumatic brain injury. Shortly after becoming conscious in the hospital, she discovers that she suffers from Left Neglect, a neurological disorder where the brain ignores information arising from the left side of her world. Since she desires to get her life back, she is highly motivated to engage in rehabilitation. However, when progress is slow, she is discharged from the rehabilitation facility and returns home.
Since Sarah has depleted her sick leave, the family income has been reduced. Ben is attempting to maintain his employment in a tenuous work environment. Therefore, when Sarah's mother volunteers to help with care of the children and Sarah, Ben quickly agrees. Sarah doesn't want her mother's assistance never forgiving her mother for her emotional abandonment of Sarah after Sarah's younger brother drowns. However, without a feasible alternative, Sarah reluctantly agrees to have her mother more involved in her life.
As the weeks pass with gradual progress, Sarah finds that she must redefine what gives her life meaning and to seek a reconciliation with her mother.
“I try to remember the last time she helped me with anything. I think she poured me a glass of milk in 1984.”Sarah
Maybe there’s a different road for me with a more reasonable speed limit.Highlighted by 95 Kindle customers
the 80–20 rule is an economic principle that states that 20 percent effort yields 80 percent value. Essentially, it means that for anything anyone does, only 20 percent really matters.Highlighted by 78 Kindle customers
I’m listening to the rain, and the rain becomes the hand of God strumming his fingers on the roof, deciding what to do.Highlighted by 75 Kindle customers
I’ve been so focused on what’s horrible and unfair and terrifying about my condition that I hadn’t acknowledged what is positive about my condition, as if the positive had been sitting quietly by itself on the far edge of the left side of my condition, there but completely ignored.Highlighted by 68 Kindle customers
Because while I still hope for a full recovery, I’ve learned that my life can be fully lived with less.Highlighted by 63 Kindle customers
The kind of visibly successful life that would in every way be the exact opposite of the broken, shameful life of my childhood.Highlighted by 55 Kindle customers
The first step in my recovery is to become aware of my unawareness, to constantly and repeatedly remind myself that my brain thinks it’s paying attention to all of everything, but in fact, it’s only paying attention to the right half of everything and nothing on the left.Highlighted by 51 Kindle customers
Nearing the shortest day of the year, it changes from day to night in the blink of an eye, reminding me of how everything can change in an unnoticed moment.Highlighted by 42 Kindle customers
She has Left Neglect. It’s a pretty common condition for patients who’ve suffered damage to the right-hemisphere, usually from a hemorrhage or stroke. Her brain isn’t paying attention to anything on her left. ‘Left’ doesn’t exist to her.”Highlighted by 42 Kindle customers
Our brains are wired differently, and we have to figure out how to make them work.Highlighted by 40 Kindle customers
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