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Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony's short life.
Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression - a voice she can share with Olivia - is it Anthony?) - that brings comfort and meaning to them both.
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By me2ug on 06-10-15
Love the book! A Sad 'feel-good-book'
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Because it's worth Reading.
I think it's healthy for everyone to take a peak in to a totally
honest mind from time to time.
What did you like best about this story?
The way she made him speak!
I'll never look att an Autistic child the same again.
What does Debra Messing bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She is a brilliant storyteller. I love her voice, and the way she reads,
pauses, breathes - everythig about her.
She gets out the drama, arguments, accidents and so forth, without
changing the volume of her voice.
To many read very low, so you set the volume, but then something happends,
and they start screaming and shouting - and you have to throw yourself over the volume-button. it's more like listening to a football/Soccer-game.
But, then you can't hear again, and have to turn it up.
So -- these are books you can only listen to alone, when no one is home, or in the
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Judith on 12-21-12
Not what I expected.
Olivia cannot move on with her life until she understands the reason for Anthony's life and death as an autistic child. Then she meets Beth who is writing a book about a boy speaking through her to his mother. As Olivia pours through her journals about life with her son, Anthony, his story comes to life through two different perspectives.
The story was entertaining but I had a hard time believing that someone could write an book on a subject that they hadn't researched and come up with a paranormal channeling experience giving a non-verbal child a believable voice that has the vocabulary of an adult.
Although I did enjoy the story of Beth and Olivia's relationship, I found parts of it teadious and farfetched. I enjoyed Genova's first two novels, Still Alice and Left Neglected , much more, which were entertaining and educational at the same time.
I will still be on the look-out for the author's next novel because I was so blown away with "Still Alice"
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By MRS on 05-28-18
A brilliant book written with great understanding and compassion the amount of research Lisa Genova does is incredible
By Carol Gladwin on 05-03-18
Beautifully written and read.
Great story and good characters. Really enjoyed the book. Loved the relationships between the characters.