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From the front cover: "Remember how you couldn't put down Still Alice? Well, clear your schedule - because you're going to feel the same way." Jodi Picoult. True words!!
Some of you will know that 'Still Alice' is one of my Top 63. (Truth be told, it is more like one of my top 5.) So when I found out that Lisa Genova had written a second book I raced to put it on hold at my local library. Best move I've made in a while.
In our materialistic, rat race society full of two income professionals and 2.5 children, sometimes priorities get skewed. This is definitely the case for Sarah and Bob and their 'Charlie Brown' children. (The kids are Charlie, Lucy and Linus - don't get me started!) Between both parents working 60+ hours per week, kids in school and daycare, dance lessons, sports, homework and a nanny that can only work part-time, the Nickerson family is a case study in scheduling and organization. Then Charlie's teacher suggests he may have ADHD - and Sarah needs to make a phone call ... on her cell ... while she is driving ... (Quick aside here to vent about one of my pet peeves - DO NOT TEXT OR USE CELL PHONES WHEN DRIVING!!! PLEASE!!) Eight days later Sarah wakes up in the hospital. It soon becomes obvious that her brain has forgotten there is such a thing as "left". No left side of her plate, no left side of the room, no left side of her body, no "left".
Despite all the difficulties of rehab and learning to live with a disability, I loved that Sarah was able to find the humour in some of the situations that arose. In all that she lost, she never lost the ability to laugh at herself. Sure, there was the occasional pity-party (well deserved, I'd say) but Sarah's indomitable spirit and desire to succeed won out.
The only character I felt sorry for in this novel was Bob. He had such a load to carry and got virtually no attention or help. His support of Sarah was astounding. I would have liked to know him better.
My "Top 63" has just become my "Top 64" My advice to you - if you liked 'Still Alice', read 'Left Neglected'!