Love Anthony

Love Anthony From the award winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift the abi

  • Title: Love Anthony
  • Author: Lisa Genova
  • ISBN: 9781439164686
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the award winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight year old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by acFrom the award winning New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight year old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.Olivia is a young mother whose eight year old severely autistic son has recently died Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony s short life.Beth, a stay at home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband s long term infidelity In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression a voice she can share with Olivia is it Anthony that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

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    1. I'm almost not sure what to say.I have cried my way through this book. Wanting to climb into my son's high bed and hold him close.This book is eerily similar to my life. So very much. I have 2 sons. Both Autistic. One, the youngest, almost Asperger's. My eldest Now 11, is non-verbal, eats with his fingers, adores "Mighty Machines" and "Bob the Builder", loves his chips And steals everyone's hearts. I am a photographer. A desperate move on my part, needing to find some source of income yet having [...]

    2. I did like this book but not as much as Genova's first two books (Still Alice and Left Neglected), which I loved. I found the parallel-story/channeling aspect of the book a peculiar way to tell the story of an autistic boy (though it did allow us to see a parent's experience as well as the boy's experience). I found the "voicing" of the boy who couldn't speak rather unconvincing: I didn't experience it as what an autistic boy would actually be thinking, but always as what an author is imagining [...]

    3. First, I just want to say ”thank you” to Ms. Genova for writing a book about autism. Regardless if this is a book of fiction, I found myself re-living daily episodes from the past 19 years with my own son. The author really did her research well. It just gave me a sense of peace that I haven’t felt in a long time. I could relate to the main character, Olivia who constantly questions - “Why my son?”, “Why my family?”, “Was it something I did wrong while I was pregnant?”, and “ [...]

    4. Well, after waiting over a year for my beloved author Lisa Genova to write another book equal to Still Alice and Left neglected, I have to say I am severely disappointed. This book did not have what ever it was those books had. I felt for the two mothers/wives who were the main characters. There just wasn't enough character development. I didn't feel I knew them. After not writing for years, Beth sits down and this novel just comes to her. Yes, it's supposed to be magical but it didn't feel like [...]

    5. This one made me cry. I am not a crier. Given, I was sitting in ICU shortly after my husband had brain surgery so there may be a excuse. Or a correlation. Lisa Genova possesses a brilliant resume. She is a scientist with many letters following her name. She must think pragmatically so I struggle to reconcile the other part of her, the one I forgot. Her beautiful writing style as she empathetically takes the reader through a neurological experience so profound and so emotional, I cried. I haven't [...]

    6. 3.5 stars. All I knew about this book before  was that it's about an autistic boy (or boy  with autism, whichever you prefer), and that was it.  I didn't even know much about autism.  I now feel I have a much better understanding of it, or at least of one way in which it might present itself;  so Mission accomplished, Ms. Genova, as usual.But I feel that wasn't her only mission.  This was also about the amazing sisterhood of women, about rocky marriages,  grief, feeling interminably isola [...]

    7. Back in September of 2011 I reviewed two books by amazing author, Lisa Genova. I have just finished her third book, "Love Anthony." Let me just jump right in and say this wasn't my favorite of the three by any means. I will tell you why, but first let me tell you about the book."Love Anthony" takes place on Nantucket Island, where it's busy with tourists and people with summer homes during the warm months and empty but for the locals who live their year-long during the cold winter months. Olivia [...]

    8. I won, I won, I won, I won, I won - picture the happy dance the Old Man does in A Christmas Story upon learning of his Major Award and that's me all over. I WON a copy of Love Anthony from a giveaway! Can't wait for it to get here:-DSo, obviously, I received a copy of this through first reads from Gallery Books. And it still makes me happy dance just to think about it. Thank you!About a year ago I totally blasted Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury. As the mother of a 14 year old boy with autism, or 1 [...]

    9. Genova went completely round the bend with this one. Most of the book is trashy chick lit. And the end is just cheesy. I mean one big cheese puff. (view spoiler)[ We find out that the 'ghost' of Anthony(the autistic boy) has been telling the aspiring novelist what to put in her book so that it will be about him. And everyone is so flabbergasted and blown away that she knew all this stuff about Anthony, because she never met him. Tender? GAG!(hide spoiler)]The only redeeming thing that bumped it [...]

    10. I’ve never been more excited about a book, than this one.I waited for its release date and purchased it the minute it went on sale.I thought the story line of the book as promised in the synopsis was ingenius.I had read blog posts by the author whose writing I just knew I would love, even though I had not yet had time to try her other books.The story pulled at my heartstrings as Olivia’s story begins to unfold we meet Anthony through her eyes, it is obvious to conclude the author has a solid [...]

    11. My review of this book may be biased because this story affected me personally, but it delivered a heartfelt message and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While the book deals with loss, I felt the author handled the topic with sensitivity and compassion, weaving in the themes of healing and unconditional love, and at the same time educating the reader on the topic of autism. It is a compelling story of two women and a connection that will change their lives, but it was Olivia and her son’s story that [...]

    12. I like to read historical fiction but every now and then I find a novel of contemporary fiction or a memoir that grabs my attention and I give it a try. More often than not my book club chooses something out of my preferred genre and I that's how I read something different. Which is why I read Lisa Genova's 'Still Alice' this spring. I was totally blown away by that book, I can honestly say I have never read a book that moved me as much as that did. I thought the realism was amazing, it was so w [...]

    13. 3.5 Stars It took me a while to become truly interested, but once Beth began writing 'her thoughts' of a young boy with autism from his own perspective of the world in which he lives, I was hooked.In this heartfelt work of fiction, the precious gift of a story from one broken-hearted wife and mother to another ultimately brings answers to uncertainty and hope for new beginnings. Lisa Genova does a great job of expressing the true meaning of "unconditional" love in this rewarding read.

    14. This book was poorly conceived and poorly executed. The characters were cliched and lacking in any sort of depth. The plot was trite and the dialogue overwrought. This book is a huge disappointment after the author's Still Alice and Left Neglected, which were both excellent and very good respectively. If you are a huge Genova fan and can get this book from your library or borrow it for free from someone, then I would give it a try, but I am afraid you will be very upset if you purchase this book [...]

    15. Holy cow! What did I just read? This book is full of so much emotion. The ending got me! I had to walk away, get a tissue and come back. Tearful ending but oh so beautifully written! Another beautiful book by the wonderful Lisa Genova. She really is a genius and I devour everything she has written. Just fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16. Wow.Where to begin.Lisa Genova's books are worth reading! PERIOD! (She is making a difference)---blending stories with read life medical conditions. In *Still Alice* and *Left Neglected* --the voice & narrator comes from people living with the medical condition they each have. (Dementia in *still Alice*, and a Neurological Syndrome in *Left Neglected*). In *Love Anthony*,--The narrator of the story does not have the medical condition (Autism) ---but as she uncovers 'her' voice' (side plot: d [...]

    17. Olivia Donatelli’s life was shattered. Her wonderful, beautiful but autistic son, Anthony had died. The doctors said she couldn’t have done anymore, but she always wondered. Her marriage to David was also over, the tensions, pressures and finally Anthony’s death had broken them. They were still friends, but even though they continued to love each other, the heartache was too deep for their marriage to survive. So Olivia had left the family home and arrived at their cottage in Nantucket, al [...]

    18. This book was Amazing!! My first book by Lisa Genova, and will be reading the other two as soon as possible! I loved the author’s usage of words to describe each scene in detail, which puts you in the setting as if you were experiencing its first hand-- from the items in a room, the senses, feelings, touch – making it so real and powerful!This was a poignant, powerful, and heartfelt story of two women--their paths crossing at a time with strength from each other without knowing it. Olivia, m [...]

    19. I am a big fan of Genova, especially her first book 'Still Alice', so I was very excited to get her latest. In 'Love Anthony', two women--Beth and Olivia--living on Nantucket Island, are both going through divorces. They don't know each other at the beginning of the book, but little by little their stories intertwine. It is the story of Olivia's autistic son Anthony that brings them together.This book pulled me right in. Genova is a great writer and storyteller. But as the book progressed, the s [...]

    20. Just finished this wonderful book, and still have tears in my eyes. Lisa Genova is such an incredible author. This story centers around the lives of two women, both looking for answers to some of life's most challenging questions. Although the story seems predictable, as we know their lives will become intwined, it still touched my heart in a way few books do. One woman, Olivia, is searching for answers in the death of her autistic son. The other, Beth, is in the midst of a dissolving marriage, [...]

    21. This book did not work for me. The character of Elizabeth, could have been written for the dramatic interplay found on most soap operas. Although there were a few poignant moments with the character of Olivia, the long drawn out descriptions quickly overwhelmed the few choice moments. I just didn't connect with either of these characters and this novel almost seemed overly written and overly dramatic in a somewhat snarly way. I did love her first few books so will definitely read her next. ARC f [...]

    22. Okay, I cried.If you haven't read Genova's previous book -- "Still Alice" -- then read that first and then come to this book; that process will enable you to trust in her writing -- because you'll need to where we're going. This book has many flaws which you may, as I did (by virtue of Still Alice), regard as beautiful imperfections. I was in the middle of reading several other books (as usual) but I stopped to read this - hardly page-turner territory I'll admit although you'll want and need to [...]

    23. Beth is the mother of three daughters who suddenly learns her marriage is not what it seems. Trying to reconnect with herself, she starts writing a story about a fictional child with autism.Olivia's life hasn't been normal since her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Love Anthony is told alternating between Beth and Olivia's Points of View. For more than half of the book, it felt more like two separate stories to me. Around 100 pages in, it became clear how the characters woul [...]

    24. I read Lisa Genova's first two books and would recommend them highly, (and like many other readers, they were our book club selections) plus I heard Ms.Genova speak at a local library during the time she was writing this book. She was gracious, funny, intelligent and caring. I anxiously awaited the new release.However this is not my favorite. I was impatient during the first third of the book: too many pages devoted to too many mundane activities in the daily lives of both Olivia and BethI wante [...]

    25. Lisa Genova is clearly intelligent and an outstanding writer. I found aspects of this book brilliant, especially her description of the brain being divided into rooms. Not having any experience with autism, I found her voice to be a logical explanation of how an autistic child might think and that alone is an enormous gift to all of us. She deserves five stars for those passages, for tackling such a challenging topic, for making it understandable to all. I cried my eyes out at the end. With all [...]

    26. I was shocked and somewhat offended that Lisa Genova would produce this piece of schlock. I LOVED "Still Alice" and was looking forward to the insights this neuroscientist and author would bring to autism. There was no true information here, only suppositions. These are based on, what I would have to assume, is limited interaction with children with autism. This could have been an important contribution to autism, unfortunately it was emotionally manipulative, amateurish, pandering, "chick lit" [...]

    27. This book was a really good and interesting read but not, to me, a great read. It was enjoyable and a very nice story, Lots of information about autism but to me, again, a pretty predictable story. If you want a quick, sweet read, this is a book for you.

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