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From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart—comes a heartfelt novel in the vein of Jodi Picoult, about an accidental friendship that helps a grieving mother understand the thoughts of her autistic son.
I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right…But it doesn’t feel broken to me.
Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn’t speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony was gone.
Now she’s alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in a most unexpected way.
In a warm, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Daniel Isn’t Talking, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy with autism whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.
Publishers Weekly Review
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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!