Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Book 5/50: love anthony by Lisa Genova
love anthony by Lisa Genova was really really great. It made me think and laugh and cry. It was a great story. I had a chance to really think about who I am and who my children are.
The little boy in the book, Anthony, has autism, but we don't meet him. He died before the story starts and Anthony's mother Olivia struggles with the purpose of her son's life. She's sad and broken, separated from her husband and isolated on Nantuket, with only herself and the white rocks her son collected when he was alive.
Beth, another woman from Nantuket, is also struggling, but it's because of her husband's infidelity. She is searching for answers: Why did he cheat? Who is she and what is she passionate about? Should she take him back?
In trying to rediscover who she is, Beth starts writing again. She visits the library almost every day and pours her heart into a story, Anthony's story. Reading about life through the eyes of a boy with autism was interesting. At the end of the book, the author said: "The spectrum is long and wide, and we're all on it." It's so true. I see so many of the autistic qualities in my kids and in myself, just not to the same degree as those portrayed in the book.
Olivia and Beth meet eventually and their stories intertwine in wonderful ways. Olivia reads Beth's book and finds the answers to her questions while Beth finds the answers to hers during the writing process
The story is sad and beautiful and so well written. Don't blame me if you cry a little while reading this book.
Up next? The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling)