Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Love, Anthony by Lisa Genova

I've been meaning to read this book for a number of years, but for some reason I never got around to it.  I recently saw it on a bargain table at the bookstore so I picked it up and began reading it a few weeks ago.  I wonder if I would have liked it more if I had read it a few years ago.

I was told this is a story about a boy with autism.  It's true, that is an important component of the book, but definitely not the main one, as I read it.

This is the story of Beth and Olivia, two women on journeys to figure out where their lives are headed after their marriages each break up.  The demise of Olivia's marriage was related to the death of her son, Anthony, who was on the autism spectrum.  Beth's marriage ended due to her husband's infidelity, and she is rediscovering her passion for writing in her healing.  She writes a story about a boy named Anthony, who is on the autism spectrum.

The journey each woman is on is painful and lonely.  It hit a little close to home and made this book less enjoyable for me.

However, I was fascinated with the sections of Beth's book as they appeared in this book.  Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist so this book is well researched and well written.  I feel it can help give some insight into what a child on the autism spectrum faces on a daily basis.

It is a great book, just not a great one for me right now.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sue,
    I'm glad you are back blogging.
    I have read "Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova, so I was interested in reading your comments.