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AuthorLisa Genova
PublisherGallery Books
Publication Date1/5/2016
Book DescriptionJoe O'Brien is a forty-three-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family's lives forever: Huntington's disease. Huntington's is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, and each of Joe's four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father's disease. While watching her potential future in her father's escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. As Joe's symptoms worsen and he's eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life "at risk" or learn their fate.
Editorial ReviewLisa 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, €œAn unsparing, heart-piercing portrait€¦compelling.€- The Washington Post, "A moving drama."- US Weekly
About the AuthorLisa Genova is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice, which has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore.
Number of Pages368

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