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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,981 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Genova Narrator: Debra Messing Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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’ 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • Love Anthony broke my heart in the best way! I read it spellbound and breathless. If you don’t know Lisa Genova’s work already, meet your new favorite writer, storyteller, enchanter.”

    Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Genova’s deep and empathic insight once again has blown me away—particularly her intensely accurate portrayal of autism parenting. Her characters are complicated people, with unique, believable, and sometimes frustrating struggles. But perhaps Genova’s true mastery is in the way she never fails to give us very real people to love.”

    Susan Senator, author of Making Peace with Autism

  • “There’s a point in the narrative where one of the characters becomes so engrossed in reading a book that she loses track of time. Readers of Genova’s latest excellent offering might very well find the same happening to them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the October 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, September 2012
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison Bishop | 2/14/2014

    " Even though I didn't love it as much as her first, and it did not provide the immersion into the world of autism that I was expecting, given her other two books, I still felt that it deserved five stars. I found it very insightful and the struggles that the characters were dealing with were very believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine | 2/14/2014

    " This was an emotionally charged book, but I'm sad to say it didn't really get gutsy until the end. It felt like she was trying too hard, and by the time it felt natural it was almost too late. I enjoyed it but, to be honest, I expected better from Genova. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 2/2/2014

    " I loved this book. Lisa Genova does it again by so totally describing the condition she writes about. In this case, it's autism. She is really an amazing author. Love all of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lawrence | 1/26/2014

    " Touching story. I like how it went in to detail about how the family dealt with autism. "

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