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Inside the O'Briens [Large Print]

By Lisa Genova

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Format: Paperback, 524 pages, Large Print Edition
Published In: United States, 01 January 2016
From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a "heartbreaking very human novel" (Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves) that does for Huntington's disease what her debut novel Still Alice did for Alzheimer's. Joe 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. 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."
EAN: 9781594139116
ISBN: 1594139113
Publisher: Large Print Press
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.97 x 2.54 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Lisa 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.

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"This heartbreaking book tells the whole story of how a major illness affects a family. Genova's gift is to show that things do work out, in a sense. Her very human novel teaches us to keep living, to lean on each other and be there to be leaned on."--Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of WE ARE NOT OURSELVES

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