Inside the O'Briens : a novel
—Genova, Lisa.
Book
2015
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"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"--Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
FICTION / Contemporary Women.
FICTION / General.
FICTION / Medical.
Huntington's disease -- Patients -- Fiction.
Police -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
Terminally ill -- Fiction.
Genre:
Domestic fiction.
Medical fiction
ISBN:
9781501135095
9781476717791
9781476717777
1501135090
1476717796
Edition:
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Description:
343 pages ; 22 cm
Notes:
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