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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (26 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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781442354135
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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 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 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 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 Lawrence | 1/26/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/22/2014

    " A wonderful story of Autism, and love, and how they both touch two women. I read it straight through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 1/20/2014

    " Way to write about something as tough and emotional as autism. This was a good book though not as scientific as her previous two-you really get a sense of what the characters are going through and it makes you think about how you would be if you were in that situation. I like this author and look forward to more of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/18/2014

    " Amazing book. It captivated me from the start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/18/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book and had high hopes for it based on the author's other work "Still Alice". In addition, I work with autistic children so that aspect grabbed me. However, it was just "okay" for me. I didn't have to put it in the car to keep reading it while I wait to pick up kids like a lot of other books. The parts written from the autistic boy's point of view were very well done, I thought, but the other story about the group of women friends on Nantucket just didn't interest me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Farmer | 1/1/2014

    " I could have read it in a couple of days if I hadn't been so busy. The story shed a new light on autism for me .... very powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/29/2013

    " I liked how Genova intertwined the lives of the two mothers. The ending caught me by surprise, and was a real tearjerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/28/2013

    " This book was a give away and LUCKY ME I won! A thought invoking, heart touching story that I will be recommending for years! This suthor should be commended and I will be sure to seek out more of her books... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robyn | 12/18/2013

    " This book has been a great disappointment of 2012 for me. Her previous two novels were outstanding complete with interesting characters and scientific rigor. This was more like chick lit with soft science. Ms. Genova's formal training in the sciences did not come through in this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/12/2013

    " Heart wrenching and heart warming. I absolutely loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi Montana | 12/7/2013

    " Loved, Loved, Loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 11/30/2013

    " Book made me cry. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Howard | 11/28/2013

    " I could not put this book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tula | 10/9/2013

    " An emotional and very informative book on the life of a boy with autism. Highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin King | 10/4/2013

    " I did not like this one as well as her other ones, although it was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/18/2013

    " What a treat to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 7/12/2013

    " A poignant tale of love and loss and autism, beautifully told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 6/15/2013

    " I have really liked all three of Lisa Genova's novels. I hope she is working on a fourth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Silvia | 3/21/2013

    " Very thought provoking makes one wonder how much we really don't know about our inner selves. What's the reason for our true existence. What we hides from ourselves,in hopes of protecting,fearing the unknown. Anthony is a loving and thought provoking young man that makes you say why? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2013

    " I am in love with this author ... the language flows yet the topics make me think. Simply can't wait to read another by Lisa Genova. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 12/30/2012

    " Love Anthony written by Lisa Genova is a beautiful book introducing the reader to what it is like to live with a child suffering from autism. It is full of love and makes your heart happy....while making you cry at the same time. I couldn't put this book down! A very touching and inspiring book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Biernaskie | 11/26/2012

    " A little disappointed in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/26/2012

    " Another great book by Lisa Genova. The story is sad but fulfilling. It really made me understand a little more about autism. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa GenovaLisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Inside the O'Briens, Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice. Her first novel, Still Alice, has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the Emmy Award–winning documentary film To Not Fade Away. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Debra Messing is a widely recognized American actress, seen in such roles as Will and Grace and Smash. Throughout her career, she has received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.