This was my second Lisa Genova book and I was not disappointed! The first book, Still Alice dealt with Alzheimer's and Left Neglected also focused on neurological problems which made me curious why an author would write two books on those topics. I try not to Google too much before I read a book because I don't want to know too much about the story or make a judgement about the author. I couldn't resist it on this one so I broke my own rule. It turns out that she has a degree in Biopsychology and a Ph.D in Neuroscience! By the amount of scientific information in the books, I knew she had to have some connection to that area of science. I tend to really appreciate books where the author puts a lot of work into the research of a book or sticks with their own personal area of expertise. I'm a bit of a nerd in that I actually like to learn so its nice to pick up a fiction book and still feel like I learned new things. I know some don't like Jodi Picoult but I like that she puts so much effort into learning about each new topic so I can't ever hate on her. Ok, back to Lisa Genova, this is a really interesting book and I think anyone could pick it up and enjoy it. Whether you relate more to the lifestyle of Sarah as a high powered corporate woman or to some of the other characters I think you'll find it an enjoyable read. Read the description below from Genova's site
Left NeglectedSarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.
Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son’s teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it’s a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.
A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.
A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.
Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.