Thursday, May 7, 2015

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

There are two stories in this book. One centers around Beth who discovers, after 14 years of marriage, that her husband is having an affair. She goes back to writing, and starts writing a novel from the perspective of a boy with autism. The other story is about Olivia who is healing from a recent divorce. Her marriage unraveled after the death of her eight-year-old son with autism. Beth and Olivia both live on Nantucket and, as you can imagine, their stories intertwine.

I learned a lot about autism from this book. I learn a lot from Genova's books and her writing is easy to read. Unfortunately, Love Anthony is, by far, the weakest of her books. It comes across as contrived and a bit too tidy at the end.

Genova came out with a new book, Inside the O'Briens, on April 7th, and I am looking forward to reading it.

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