Monday, May 4, 2015

Inside the O'Brien by Lisa Genova

“Fenway seats just over thirty-seven thousand, about the same number of people as have Huntington’s in the United States. Thirty-seven thousand. It’s a faceless number,”
― Lisa Genova,
Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

Lisa Genova can write! She has a way with words and stories that makes you a part of it. You experience the emotions and feel the magnitude of the issues at hand. Lisa Genova is probably best known for her novel, STILL ALICE but she has also written LEFT NEGLECTED and LOVE ANTHONY

If, I was forced to choose my favorite it would be, Inside the O'Briens. The characters are well developed and  the storyline is not just about the disease but about family. It is created in such a way, that you become part of the O'Briens. You become an O'Brien.

Joe O'Brien is only 44 years old. He is a cop with Boston PD. He has a wife and four children. They are his entire world but a tick, an inability to stand still and involuntary movements are about to change the man  he is and test his family in ways they never imagined.

It started off simple enough, an angry outburst, then forgetfulness and clumsiness. Joe boils it all down to stress but as his wife's insistence he sees a doctor and a few weeks later he is diagnosed with, Huntington's Disease. Huntington's disease is fatal and offspring have a 50% chance of getting it. Joe's children are faced with deciding if they want to know what the future has in store for them. If they want to be tested and find out their fate, a fate worst then death.

Inside the O'Briens chronicles Joe's disease as it progresses, the choices his children are faced with and the everyday inns and outs of someone with this disease and how it impacts those around them.

Put this book on your to be read list -- it is one read you don't want to miss out on.

Grade: A++




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