Summary of Still Alice by Lisa Genova | Includes Analysis
Still Alice is a novel by writer Lisa Genova. It tells the story of Alice Howland, a fifty year-old
psychology professor at Harvard and an expert in the field of linguistics, who is diagnosed with
early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Alice is married to John, a cancer cell biologist at Harvard. They have three grown children.
Anna is a lawyer, Tom is a third-year medical student at Harvard, and Lydia is an aspiring
actress. Both Tom and Anna, who is married to an attorney named Charlie, live in Boston. Lydia
lives in Los Angeles and is an aspiring actress.
In September of 2003, Alice is the guest speaker at a psychology seminar at Stanford. While
giving her talk, she suffers a memory lapse. Afterwards, she flies to Los Angeles to visit with
Lydia. At lunch at Ivy, a favorite restaurant among celebrities, they argue about Lydia’s career
choice. Alice wants Lydia to…
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