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Love Anthony
by Lisa Genova

Published: 2013-04-02
Paperback : 336 pages
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From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is now an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore—comes a novel about autism, friendship, and unconditional love. Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel, Inside the O’Briens, available now.

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Introduction

From bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova—whose novel Still Alice is now an Academy Award-winning film starring Julianne Moore—comes a novel about autism, friendship, and unconditional love. Look for Lisa Genova's latest novel, Inside the O’Briens, available now.

In an insightful, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and The Reason I Jump, Lisa Genova offers a unique perspective in fiction—the extraordinary voice of Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. Anthony reveals a neurologically plausible peek inside the mind of autism, why he hates pronouns, why he loves swinging and the number three, how he experiences routine, joy, and love. In this powerfully unforgettable story, Anthony teaches two women about the power of friendship and helps them to discover the universal truths that connect us all.

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CHAPTER 1

Beth is alone in her house, listening to the storm, wondering what to do next. To be fair, she’s not really alone. Jimmy is upstairs sleeping. But she feels alone. It’s ten in the morning, and the girls are at school, and Jimmy will sleep until at least noon. She’s curled up on the couch, sipping hot cocoa from her favorite blue mug, watching the fire in the fireplace, and listening. ... view entire excerpt...

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"Autism is like a Zen koan—a riddle without answers.., with effects that are myriad, mysterious, and confounding. The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart. Everyone should read this book!"—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Lisa Genova has essentially created her own genre, the 'Lisa Genova' novel, in which complicated topics become accessible to readers through beautifully-drawn characters and profound, human-scale stories. Love Anthony dares to ask enormous questions, the big questions that bedevil all of us. Better yet, Genova has the wisdom to know which ones can be answered, and which cannot." —Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good

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  "Love Anthony"by louritt (see profile) 06/04/15

I connected with Beth finally taking time for herself and picking up her pen to write again. This is representative of so many women who put aside their aspirations to raise a family and keep the home... (read more)

 
  "Love Anthony"by valglo1010 (see profile) 05/26/15

Ok not my favorite Lisa Genova book, but the lady can still write a good book. LOVE ANTHONY in the beginning takes place in Nantucket Island in winter(depressing weather), as two women (alte... (read more)

 
  "A Great Read"by BookDivasReads (see profile) 05/20/14

I've had the opportunity to read this twice over the past few months for two different book groups and both groups loved this book. The insight, albeit fictionalized, into Autism provided for some of the... (read more)

 
  "Love Anthony"by BonnieBatt (see profile) 09/21/13

 
  "Love Anthony"by Bellaorchid (see profile) 09/10/13

A heartwarming account of the joys and sorrows of dealing with a child with special needs.

 
  "Couldn't Put This Down!"by Time_2_Read (see profile) 04/24/13

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