From neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice, a moving novel about autism, friendship, and unconditional love.
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.
Genova's newest (after Left Neglected) tells the tales of two women struggling with a timely topic, but the device she uses to connect their stories a bland bit of mysticism obfuscates otherwise compelling narratives. Olivia's life is in shambles she spent years coming to terms with her son, Anthony, being diagnosed with autism, only to lose him to a subdural hematoma at age 8. Now her husband's filing for divorce. Meanwhile, Beth is reeling from the discovery that her husband has been cheating on her for months. In an effort to cope, she returns to her former passion writing and begins a new book inspired by a dream. That story magically turns out to be Anthony's story, as told by him. Eventually, the women come together, and Olivia reads Beth's story and begins to heal. Though each story is engaging in its own right, the plot device that connects Beth and Olivia makes the book read like self-help.
Totally inspiring!! Could not put it down. I now have read all three of Lisa's books and could read all three again!!
Love Anthony is amazing!
I read it from the perspective of being a parent of two autistic boys and the recent betrayal of a husband of 21 years from an affair. She nailed everything she wrote about so realistically, but still managed to leave you with a sense of hope.
A great read. A bit different from Lisa Genova's other books (more spiritual, less science) but still delivers! I will recommend to my friends.