Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova, Left Neglected, Book Journey

Sarah Nickerson. Married. Mother of three.  Home owner.  Career driven.  Vice President of Human Resources at Burkley Consulting.  Between the shuffling of husband, home, kids, sports, family/friends obligations, and her job of 80 hours per week, she is nothing short of…

super mom.

Sarah thrives on keeping a tight agenda and there is little room for error. On the days when she wins the rock,paper,scissors for who does not have to take the kids to school, she loves the rush of being able to go directly to work.

On one such of these days Sarah decides that her drive time is an excellent time to catch up on a few phone calls and while dialing a number – in the blink of an eye, everything goes…


When Sarah awakens she is in the hospital having been in a horrible car accident that has left her with a brain injury that has erased the left side of her world.  She can not feel or see her left arm or leg, and her brain acts as though they do not exist.  Suddenly Sarah who prided herself on being fiercely independent now finds herself at the mercy of those around her for all her needs including flossing her own teeth.

As Sarah struggles to make herself whole again with visions of returning to her job and her life she once had, that vision begins to fade and a new vision may very well be taking its place.




Left Neglected was an amazing audio book to listen to.  I was fully engaged in this story line of a woman whose life was too full… too busy… and then it all came to an end.  Who hasn’t at least for a time had a schedule like that?  And who hasn’t made a phone call or talked on the phone while driving?  I sure have.

Lisa Genova really did her homework on this book.  I had never heard of left brain neglect but it is a real thing.  For Lisa to place herself in this characters world of relearning how to find her left side, how to see things on her left and how to use her left side is amazing.  I can just imagine the struggles of this independent woman who has to retrain her mind just to engage in simple things like eating and walking.  I can imagine her struggles as people visited her and she wanted so much to appear whole… to appear healing… to be complete.

Narration by Sarah Paulson, another new to me narrator.  Sarah was a wonderful easy to listen to narrator who captured the essence of this book.

Fantastic read!  I recommend Left Neglected highly.



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 12 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: January 4, 2011



22 thoughts on “Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

  1. I can assure you that Genova is accurate in her descriptions of the feelings and thoughts of a brain injured person forced to live with this unexpected and inconvenient condition. Although brain injuries vary, the thoughts and feelings of the afflicted person and the reactions of nonafflicted people around her are common.

  2. I loved this, that I read as a print book, and also all her other books. Still Alice, which is being made into a movie, is another I highly recommend. Glad you enjoyed listening to it. This could very well happen to someone we know if they multi-task while driving, and it was so realistically written.

  3. Is that Sarah Paulson the actor I wonder? I have to confess I worry a little this book would be almost too traumatic or draining to read? (And yes, I do have a problem of getting overly involved in my reading!!!!)

    1. Deborah while a hard subject, the book is not overly trying. It is well balanced. There are likeable things about our protagonist (so you do feel for her), but she also has a lot of lessons to learn. (I too can over involve myself in a book… 🙂 )

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