Love Anthony by Lisa GenovaFiction Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering, nearly impossible. 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 died.
Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way.
Beth Ellis’s entire life changed with a simple note: “I’m sleeping with Jimmy.” Fourteen years of marriage. Three beautiful daughters. Yet even before her husband’s affair, she had never felt so alone. Heartbroken, she finds the pieces of the vivacious, creative person she used to be packed away in a box in her attic. For the first time in years, she uncaps her pen, takes a deep breath, and begins to write. The young but exuberant voice that emerges onto the page is a balm to the turmoil within her, a new beginning, and an astonishing bridge back to herself.
In a piercing story about motherhood, autism, and love, New York Timesbestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.
Lisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Left Neglected and Still Alice. She graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide, speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent, and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer’s Disease. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the documentary film, To Not Fade Away. She lives with her husband and three children in Cape Cod.
Praise for Love Anthony
~ “Love Anthony broke my heart in the best way! I read it spellbound and breathless.” ~ Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the
~ “Autism is like a Zen koan—a riddle without answers…The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my and thinking with my heart.” ~ Jamie Ford, NYT bestselling author
~ “I couldn’t put it down..After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, ‘You have to get this book.’” ~ The Boston Globe
~ “Remember hwo you couldn’t put down Still Alice? Well, clear your schedule—because you’re going to feel the same way [about Left Neglected].”~ Jodi Picoult
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