"I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right…But it doesn’t feel broken to me."
In an insightful, deeply human story reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Daniel Isn’t Talking, and The Reason I Jump, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova offers a unique perspective in fiction—the extraordinary voice of Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. Anthony reveals a neurologically plausible peek inside the mind of autism, why he hates pronouns, why he loves swinging and the number three, how he experiences routine, joy, and love. And it is the voice of this voiceless boy that guides two women in this powerfully unforgettable story to discover the universal truths that connect us all.
“Lisa Genova has essentially created her own genre, the ‘Lisa Genova’ novel, in which complicated topics become accessible to readers through beautifully drawn characters and profound, human-scale stories.”
— Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good
“Autism is like a Zen koan—a riddle without answers…The same could be said about love. This book upended my perceptions of both conditions, leaving me feeling with my mind and thinking with my heart.”
— Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“Love Anthony broke my heart in the best way! I read it spellbound and breathless.”
— Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
“Genova’s deep and empathetic insight once again has blown me away. Her true mastery is in the way she never fails to give us very real people to love.”
— Susan Senator, author of Making Peace with Autism
Lisa Genova discusses Love Anthony, her new novel coming 2013 from Gallery Books.
"This heartbreaking book tells the whole story of how a major illness affects a family. Genova’s gift is to show that things do work out, in a sense. Her very human novel teaches us to keep living, to lean on each other and be there to be leaned on.”
–Matthew Thomas, author of WE ARE NOT OURSELVES
"Lisa Genova’s deep empathy for her characters shines through this poignant and uplifting story about family, grief and the resilience of the human spirit. Kudos to this amazing writer for showing us—once again—the transformative powers of even the most devastating events. Do not miss this fabulous novel."
--Barbara Shapiro, author of THE MURALIST and THE ART FORGER
"For the characters in a Lisa Genova novel, there is no way out, for genetic destiny has sealed their fate. And yet, for us as readers, there also is no way out, for we have no desire to look away. In his fear and courage, Joe O’Brien is an American hero. Huntington’s disease will claim his life, but not his capacity to love. This is Genova’s genius. A bold, skillful writer at the height of her narrative powers, she makes us long to hope for the hopeless and comfort the condemned. In their hard journeys, we find the small shining promise of every single ordinary day."
- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and TWO IF BY SEA
"Lisa Genova’s subtle, finely tuned prose gains momentum until you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or give thanks. Like all of her work, Inside the O’Briens is brimming with candor, pathos, and deeply human characters. I didn't want the book to end!"
- Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS and WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS