Inside The O’Briens
By Lisa Genova
Award winning author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova has brought us inside the world of Alzheimer’s, Autism and more. With her new book Inside The O’Briens we follow the family through the world of Huntington’s Disease.
Joe O’Brien is 44 years old. He is a devoted husband, father of four adult children, and a respected officer. The O’Briens all live together in the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Joe initially blames his odd behavior to the stress of his job. But as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure.
Each of Joe’s four children have a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. The youngest daughter, Katie, struggles with whether or not she wants to take the genetic test and find out her fate? She has a boyfriend and a career she loves. Will life be better not knowing?
Lisa Genova writes her stories in a heartfelt and emphatic way that will have you laughing, crying and wishing you had a place at the O’Brien table. The ending left me wanting to know more about what will happen to the O’Briens.
Find out more about Lisa on her site: lisagenova.com. Connect on Twitter: @LisaGenova.