Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Sunday 27 November 2011

Left Neglected - Lisa Genova

Sarah Nickerson is an extremely successful businesswoman living in an affluent suburb of Boston with her equally successful husband, and two children. They have a holiday home in Vermont and escape there to ski. Sarah never has enough hours in the day to fit everything in, has mastered the art of doing several things at once most of the day, but thrives on the adrenalin of it all. Then one day, an incident in her car will cause her to develop a condition which forces her to live a different day to day life in the immediate aftermath, and which makes her stop and think in the longer term about how she lives and if her future is really going to be spent going back to how her life was before the accident. 

On the inside cover of my UK paperback copy of this novel, novelist Jodi Picoult states 'Remember how you couldn't put down Still Alice? Well, clear your schedule - because you're going to feel the same way. I thought back to reading Still Alice earlier this year - and I clearly remember how it made me feel, and how quickly I read it - I really couldn't put it down. A lot to live up to for Lisa Genova's second offering. But I think it does live up to it. It's another very moving, beautifully written novel about a sudden, huge change in a woman's life. I couldn't put this one down either! I am excited about future novels from this writer because both this novel and Still Alice are genuinely moving, realistic and yet also humorous works. 


  1. This is on my wishlist, really enjoyed Still Alice and felt it was really powerful and moving. Do you think this will be a keeper?


  2. I have Still Alice on my kindle waiting to be read ..and this is on my wishlist - it sounds like a good read..

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  3. Hi Lainy I do think this is a keeper, I have promised my copy to a colleague to borrow. If I come across another copy I will pass it on, I saw a couple in the charity shops last week, I wish I'd bought them now to pass on x

    Hi Jo I think they are both very good reads, I hope you like them, and likewise I will pass a copy on to you if I can in future. Jo I am in tears thank you so much for the award, I've been feeling rotten today and you've just cheered me up so much. It means an awful lot to me xxx

  4. I'm so glad that Jaffa and I managed to cheer you up - and that's what this award is all about- to make you feel like smiling x


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