Olivia Donatelli's dream of a 'normal' life was shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn't speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realise that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died. Now she's alone in a cottage on Nantucket, separated from her husband, desperate to understand the meaning of her son's short life, when a chance encounter with another woman facing her own loss brings Anthony alive again for Olivia in a most unexpected way. In a piercing story about motherhood, love and female friendship, Lisa Genova offers us two unforgettable women on the verge of change who discover the small but exuberant voice that helps them both find the answers they need
Sometimes you get a book that makes you want to put all other books aside to start it,this was one of them. As soon as it arrived on my kindle i was ready to start it. We follow two separate stories; Beth & Olivia. Olivia has lost her 8 year old son, Beth has seemingly lost her husband. Beth is trying to find herself after she kicks Jimmy out. She always planned to a be a writer, but between marriage and having children it got lost along the way.
Olivia never expected to be living alone in a holiday cottage she bought with her husband. Overwhelmed with grief she is trying to find meaning in her sons short life. Anthony was diagnosed with autism aged 3 and was non verbal but that didn't mean he wasn't happy.
As the pairs lives slowly begin to meet. We hear from Olivias journals , a record of Anthonys live, we also meet a little boy that seems to be in Beths brain for her story. Could this be coincidence?
This book had all the elements that make me love a story. A dual point of view that keeps you guessing as to how the pairs lives will connect. An island setting with a beach (always a fav with me) and story that at its heart is about just being and love.
"Find someone to love and love without condition, This is why we are all here"
This was a heartbreaking but beautiful story that made me want to grab a coffee with the characters and just say to them, one day it will all be clear -you will get your answers. The prose was clear but elegantly written, i may have shed a tear on the last page as i finished the book. I expected it to be a heavy read, but instead it was open, slightly spiritual and intriguing. We all have to find ways to get through life sometimes, this is just two womens stories on how they did that.