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Left Neglected is the second neurologically themed novel by Lisa Genova, an American author and neuroscientist based at Harvard University. Genova’s well-received first novel, Still Alice, is a pseudo-memoir of a Harvard University Professor who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Genova’s book centres on Sarah Nickleson, a 37-year-old vice-president of human resources at an international consulting firm, and her young family. Sarah struggles to juggle the conflicting demands of work and family life. Her life takes a dramatic twist when she overturns her car and sustains a traumatic brain injury, leaving her with profound left visuospatial neglect. The second half of the book documents Sarah’s rehabilitation, including the reappearance of her previously long-term absent mother which forces Sarah to …
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