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From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is now an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore—comes a novel about autism, friendship, and unconditional love. Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel, Inside the O’Briens, available now.
In an insightful, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and The Reason I Jump, Lisa Genova offers a unique perspective in fiction—the extraordinary voice of Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. Anthony reveals a neurologically plausible peek inside the mind of autism, why he hates pronouns, why he loves swinging and the number three, how he experiences routine, joy, and love. In this powerfully unforgettable story, Anthony teaches two women about the power of friendship and helps them to discover the universal truths that connect us all.
From Publishers Weekly
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Genova breaks new ground here.
Lisa Genova breaks new ground here, both in her own writing and in literature about autism. I won't summarize the book as many reviews do, you can read that above.
Suffice to say that if you're a fan of Genova, her third book provides a satisfying growth in what is fast becoming a one-woman genre. She compellingly and deftly places her characters into a rich present-day Nantucket island, with the tension well-evident between it's hard scrabble locals and slick, empire-looting upper class. But the focus here is placed squarely on the voice of Anthony, a haunting glimpse into the mind of an autistic boy, his connection to all of us, and the herculean strength required of unconditional love.
When she writes "Three white, round perfectly smooth rocks fall into her lap. She Smiles. Anthony's rocks. And three of them." one can feel a door opening into a new way of experiencing autism from the inside.
That's all people?
Loved it! Once again I can't believe I finished another book by Lisa Genova! I loved Anthony and thank you for your research on autism. I can say I feel 100% different towards this topic and now see how this affects ALL of us. Thank you again Lisa and I am ready for your next book!