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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova

Inside the O'Briens: A NovelInside the O'Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read other books by this author and I LOVED them. This author has a great skill of informing us about different diseases that can affect any one of us at any time.

This book is no exception.

We meet Joe who is a respected Police Officer, loves his job, works hard for his family, loves his wife and kids.

We read how Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure and how this is affecting Joe without his knowledge. Little things start to happen, like a fall, a tumble, he put it down to his bad knee.

Things happen in a line up at the Police and he is not in sequence, he doesn't understand why his body is letting him down, what on earth is happening.
How frightening this must be.

I can't imagine anyone going through an illness like this that is degenerative and leaves you with no cure and no treatment, no hope, no outlook for the future, and on top of this, it could happen to his sons.

Lisa Genova has me once again glued to my seat and eyes hooked in the pages of my Kindle until I had finished the very last page.

Highly recommended

My thanks go to the author and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for my copy

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-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. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. 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. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

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.

Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.

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