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Love Anthony

A Novel
Genova, Lisa (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Two women 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. 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.
Authors: Genova, Lisa
Title: Love Anthony
a novel
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "Gallery original fiction hard."
Summary: Two women 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. 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.
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ISBN: 9781439164686
1439164681
Statement of Responsibility: Lisa Genova
Subject Headings: Mothers of autistic children Fiction. Autistic children Fiction. Mothers and sons Fiction. Women authors Fiction. Female friendship Fiction. Meaning (Psychology) Fiction. Nantucket Island (Mass.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Mothers of autistic children
Autistic children
Mothers and sons
Women authors
Female friendship
Meaning (Psychology)
LCCN: 2012022304
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Loved this book, it gave me a much deeper insight to autistic children.

Jan 07, 2014
  • SusannahElf rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I really hesitated before opening this one because I loathed "Left Neglected" so very much. And some of the problems I had with that book were evident in this one. Maybe Genova's income as a neurologist and best-selling author make these moneyed characters appear realistic to her, but I'd have been more interested to see how a working class family would cope with an autistic child. I know lots of them through my work with special needs kids, and they for damn sure aren't throwing money at the problem hoping to "fix" their child. So the wisdom that the one mother gets to after 10 years (accept reality and enjoy the moments as the come, because autistic people are pretty interesting in their own unique ways), most of my parents have gained after the first shock. I also did not enjoy the parts of the book that were "in the voice" of the autistic boy. It is a mistake to use words to describe the thought processes of a non-verbal person. It puts more weight on the inability of an autistic person to express their thoughts, rather than on the essential un-knowability of how they think. You'd do as well writing in the voice of a wild animal (like Andrew Pyper did in that forest fire book where he "spoke" as a vengeful mother grizzly bear and looked pretty silly doing it...). I'm not saying that people with autism aren't humans, just that it's presumptuous to think that a non-autist can speak for them.

Dec 17, 2013
  • carrilis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Still Alice is still my favorite book by this author. This one is good, but not great. It's the story of two women whose lives intersect by chance. One has a recently deceased autistic son, the other a writer who just so happens to be writing a book about an autistic boy who strangely(?) mirrors that of the bereaved mother. The characters are well developed and the story lines for each of the women are well thought out, however, I felt like the book/story/boy were just a little too coincidental.

Aug 01, 2013
  • Mmc0119 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

My friends really enjoyed this but I just couldn't. I found that the characters were never fully developed and I couldn't relate.

May 06, 2013
  • Vassi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Please read it!!!It's worth it!!!I love it!!!

Apr 27, 2013
  • kwats911 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is excellent. I am a nurse, and started in pediatrics. In the times I have cared for autistic children I have never had such an insightful view from that of the child. This will bring peace, and love to all parents. Blessings Lisa for such a great book! Healing will occur with it.

Apr 15, 2013
  • Eil_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Comparable to "Still Alice", this book takes the reader into the mind of a child who has autism. It explores the pain of his mother, Olivia, and links with Beth who is inspired to write the story about a little boy whom she observed many years previously. Certainly would recommend to anyone who appreciates learning about life's many challenges.

Mar 17, 2013
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's about so much more than autism

Mar 07, 2013
  • polkadotpages rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A heartbreaking but hopeful book about the healing power of friendship. I couldn't put it down.

Feb 23, 2013
  • EXLIBRES rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great Read and learn something at the same time 6 stars.

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