Every year, for the past five years, I spend a few months reading books in preparation for the Tucson Festival of Books. I like to peruse the list of authors on the TFOB website and then pick some new authors to explore while making sure I have read the latest books of my old favorites. Lisa Genova is an author that I first encountered a couple of years ago at the TFOB. She spoke about her book, Still Alice – a book I hadn’t heard of until then. I ended up blogging about that book last year.
Well, Lisa Genova is coming back to the Festival of Books and this time I am ready for her. I just finished her new book, Love Anthony and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is about two women living on Nantucket Island. Olivia is trying to make sense of a devastating loss and Beth is in the midst of one. Olivia is asking about the meaning of a life after the accidental death of her 8 year-old autistic son while Beth is struggling with the issue of forgiveness. These two women come together when Beth returns to writing and brings to life the voice of a young boy with autism -- a voice that sounds uncannily like the voice of Olivia’s son – if he had ever spoken.
Love Anthony is certainly about autism and the struggles of having an autistic son but it is also about two women who need to create new lives. I won’t tell you whether they pull it off or not. So read the book and stay tuned to Tucsonfestivalofbooks.org for the schedule and come see and hear Lisa Genova in person!