22 nov 1970
Lisa Genova is an American novelist and a neuroscientist who was born on November 22, 1970. While she was pursuing a BS degree in biopsychology, her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer. Lisa observed how the disease deletes a part of the patient's memory each day. Being a neuroscientist and a granddaughter, the condition was both fascinating and heartbreaking for her. As years passed, she received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University and worked at Health Advances.
Soon Lisa Genova decided to go off work to pen down her research on the early onset of Alzheimer. This gave birth to a marvelous piece of literary fiction – Still Alice – which is about a Columbian professor who suffers from the disease. But the inevitable of the struggling period struck her hard, as Lisa was unable to find a publisher for her debut novel. In 2007, the confident lady self-published her book for 10 months and managed to get over 1,000 copies sold. Due to its immense popularity, Simon & Schuster acquired the novel and Pocket Books published it in January 2009.
The book won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year award. It has been translated into 36 languages till date, and there are over 2.6 million copies in print. Lisa Genova continues to write books on neurological disorders, displaying a unique combination of her two professions – neuroscientist and author. Her other New York Times bestsellers are Left Neglected (2011), Love Anthony (2012), and Inside the O'Briens (2015).
She is happily divorced and lives with her children in Massachusetts. Lisa is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.