Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children-Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.
Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son's teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it's a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.
A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.
A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.
Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny-her new, true life-may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.
If you are a cell phone user please do not use it while driving.
I purchased this book with the gift card my husband gave me for Christmas. I did not read Lisa's first novel, Still Alice, but I am definitely interested now. Also anxious for her third novel Love Anthony expected in 2013.
Left Neglected was an exceptionally, fast paced novel that grabbed my attention right away.
Sarah is a career woman who doesn't have enough time for her three young children, sometimes only getting enough time to read a book before they are put to bed. Her husband doesn't have much time for family either. The title definitely describes how little time these parents have for their children as well as describing the condition Sarah is left with after her accident. An accident that would not have happened if Sarah wasn't pressed for time because of her career.
Having read this book I clearly have an idea of what it would be like to live with Left Neglected.
The only complaint I have about this book is that the author didn't explain what happened to Sarah's mother. After all the detail given about Left Neglected, the condition, I felt the author left me hanging here. Not enough for me to feel that the book deserved less than a 5 rating though.
Would I recommend this book to a friend? Most definitely and already have.