Inside the O'Briens
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A Library Journal Best Books of 2015 Pick
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2015 Pick
From the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice Lisa Genova comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington s disease.
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 Read More chevron_right
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