Monday, May 17, 2010

Still Alice

Still Alice is the debut novel of Lisa Genova. I chose this book to read with a friend who has a particular interest in debut novels. It is currently popular with book clubs, so I thought it might lend itself well to discussion.

from the back cover:
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life —and her relationship with her family and the world— forever.

AARP Magazine has a spoiler-filled summary and review. The Internet Review of Books says,
Lisa Genova’s debut novel, Still Alice, is both frightening and poignant. ... It isn’t a happy book, but in Genova’s capable hands it is a beautiful, often hopeful, one.

There's a Reading Group Guide here.

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