Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lisa Genova and the Tucson Festival of Books

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 for the schedule and come see and hear Lisa Genova in person!

Betsey S.

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