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I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right. . . . But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

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 Times bestselling 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.

Review:

"Genova's newest (after Left Neglected) tells the tales of two women struggling with a timely topic, but the device she uses to connect their stories — a bland bit of mysticism — obfuscates otherwise compelling narratives. Olivia's life is in shambles — she spent years coming to terms with her son, Anthony, being diagnosed with autism, only to lose him to a subdural hematoma at age 8. Now her husband's filing for divorce. Meanwhile, Beth is reeling from the discovery that her husband has been cheating on her for months. In an effort to cope, she returns to her former passion — writing — and begins a new book inspired by a dream. That story magically turns out to be Anthony's story, as told by him. Eventually, the women come together, and Olivia reads Beth's story and begins to heal. Though each story is engaging in its own right, the plot device that connects Beth and Olivia makes the book read like self-help. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart—comes a heartfelt novel in the vein of Jodi Picoult, about an accidental friendship that helps a grieving mother understand the thoughts of her autistic son.

I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right…But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. 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 was gone.

Now she’s alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in a most unexpected way.

In a warm, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Daniel Isn’t Talking, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy with autism whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.

Synopsis:

I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right. . . . But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

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 Times bestselling 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.

About the Author

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer’s association. She lives with her husband and two children in Cape Cod. Her first two novels are the New York Times bestsellers Still Alice and Left Neglected.

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writermala, November 18, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
der's of "Still Alice" and "Left Neglected" know to expect only the best from Lisa Genova; "Love Anthony" does not disappoint.

Olivia's life seems to be shattered when she learns her son Anthony is autistic. She does however, begin to realize that happiness and autism can coexist. She also sees that Anthony is mostly happy. Alas! Even this happiness does not last when Anthony dies leaving Olivia with unanswered questions.

Beth Ellis is battling demons of her own and miraculously the two women come together in Nantucket. Beth writes a novel; a novel about a little boy and this process gives Beth access to a part of herself that she believed was dead. The author does point out that there are spiritual connections that we need to explore.

Is this a story about love? Is it about Autism? You will need to read it to find out and you will be spellbound and if you are like me you will hold your breath till you read the epilogue barely able to keep your eyes on the words as the tears stream down your face.
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janmah51, October 8, 2012 (view all comments by janmah51)
This is a story about two women who connect through one little autistic boy. Beth is a mother of three girls. She is in her thirties and living full time on Nantucket Island. One day she is walking on the beach and sees a young boy lining white rocks up in a long line. One day she gets a card saying her husband, Jimmy is having an affair with a waitress at the place where he is the bartender. She throws him out and tries to put her live together. She decides to take up writing again and is haunted by the young autistic boy and his long lines of perfect white rocks. Olivia moved to Nantucket when Anthony died at age eight. Her husband Dan couldn't deal with the stress of the loss and it has ruined their marriage. They meet when Olivia once again begins to use photography to support herself. Beth wants a photo of herself and her three daughters. When Olivia reads Beth's story she is sure she is using Anthony's voice.Even if autism doesn't touch your life, read this book. It will educate, enlighten and move you. Keep a box of tissues on hand before you start the last chapter, you will cry. In the end it is all about unconditional love.
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Laurie Blum, September 26, 2012 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
"Love Anthony" is a fictional tale about a young boy with autism as well as epilepsy. Once again, author Lisa Genova created a heartrending novel with similar emotional piercing topics evident in her "Still Alice" and "Left Neglected" ... both not to be missed. This story is not only about autism but about motherhood, friends, relationships, healing, accepting and moving on, as well as unconditional love. It is the dramatic presentation of two women on Nantucket whose lives have been pulled apart by events unimagined by them ... and how those lives are reconstructed after pain and loss. I laughed, cried and learned so much which is always a welcome bonus for us voracious readers. Kudos & bouquets ~ highly recommended for female book review clubs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439164686
Author:
Genova, Lisa
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Autism; autism novel; on the spectrum; special needs; disabilities; Jodi Picoult; The Reason I Jump; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; friendship; parenting; motherhood; Nantucket; book club pick; women’s fiction; family drama; bests
Subject:
Autism; autism novel; on the spectrum; special needs; disabilities; Jodi Picoult; The Reason I Jump; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; friendship; parenting; motherhood; Nantucket; book club pick; women’s fiction; family drama; bests
Subject:
Autism; autism novel; on the spectrum; special needs; disabilities; Jodi Picoult; The Reason I Jump; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; friendship; parenting; motherhood; Nantucket; book club pick; women’s fiction; family drama; bests
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Genova's newest (after Left Neglected) tells the tales of two women struggling with a timely topic, but the device she uses to connect their stories — a bland bit of mysticism — obfuscates otherwise compelling narratives. Olivia's life is in shambles — she spent years coming to terms with her son, Anthony, being diagnosed with autism, only to lose him to a subdural hematoma at age 8. Now her husband's filing for divorce. Meanwhile, Beth is reeling from the discovery that her husband has been cheating on her for months. In an effort to cope, she returns to her former passion — writing — and begins a new book inspired by a dream. That story magically turns out to be Anthony's story, as told by him. Eventually, the women come together, and Olivia reads Beth's story and begins to heal. Though each story is engaging in its own right, the plot device that connects Beth and Olivia makes the book read like self-help. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is soon to be a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart—comes a heartfelt novel in the vein of Jodi Picoult, about an accidental friendship that helps a grieving mother understand the thoughts of her autistic son.

I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right…But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. 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 was gone.

Now she’s alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in a most unexpected way.

In a warm, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Daniel Isn’t Talking, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change and the irrepressible young boy with autism whose unique wisdom helps them both find the courage to move on.

"Synopsis" by , I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right. . . . But it doesn’t feel broken to me.

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 Times bestselling 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.

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