Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Interesting novel about a woman who has a Type A personality, who is a Harvard Business School graduate and who works 80 plus hours a week as a high powered human resources manager who has an automobile accident on her way to work one morning and wakes up with a neurological dysfunction known as Left Neglect.
Unable to see the left side of the world or use the left side of her body, Sarah has to slow down and learn to appreciate her life and her family in a whole new light. It was a bit too sappy for me, and too neatly tied up at the end, nevertheless was a reminder that even though a horrible accident is survivable, the rehabilitation and restoration to the level of function one had before is not always possible or may take a very very long time.
I never really connected with the main character in this novel - Sarah -- and agree with others that her point of view got tiresome with the extreme level of self-absorption she exhibited. It was a good story to educate others about this syndrome that is not only suffered by victims of accidents, but also by those with strokes or other brain injuries.