My review of Lisa Genova’s newest novel "Love Anthony".
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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 co-exist, Anthony died.
Now she’s alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to the understand the meaning of her son’s short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing irreparable loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way. Beth Ellis is also in the throws of the end of her marriage and has returning to something she had long since forgotten – her passion for writing. Her novel is eerily similar to Olivia’s story. In a piercing story about motherhood, autism, and love, Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change who discover the small but exuberant voice that helps them both find the answers they need.
Lisa Genova has done it again. What a wonderful story! I was close to tears near the end of this story. Though Lisa Genova writes fiction, her topics are current and important. “Love Anthony” is no different. All people should read this story and open their eyes to the realities of children with Autism. I have had no encounters in my life with anyone who had autism or a child with autism. This book was informative, touching, and a valuable piece of literature. The jumping back and forth between the two women had me curious. When are they going to meet? You know they’re going to meet. I was anxious for that to happen and it took a long time but it was worth it. These characters could not be brought together sooner. Timing was important and effective in making this story a page-turner.
Funny that I found myself reading two books in a row that consisted of a novel within a novel. Perhaps it was meant to be to push me to get back to my own writing.