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Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel - Lisa Genova

A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I can understand why Lisa Genova is an award-winning author. I have devoured her other books, and was thrilled to receive this ARC.

Genova's novel does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s. Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old Irish Catholic police officer from Massachusetts. He is a devoted husband, and proud father of four grown children. In the early chapters, it is clear something is amiss with Joe - he begins to experience the early symptoms of Huntington's Disease, a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Joe receives the devastating diagnosis that he has Huntington's Disease, inherited from his mother. The story evolves though Joe's journey with the disease, and with the probability that some, if not all, of Joe and Rosie's children will inherit Huntington's. Genova changes gears and we experience what Katie, Joe's twenty-one-year-old daughter is going through. Will she get tested? Does she want to know if she has inherited this disease? How will she live her life? I adored the family and the family dynamic. Genova writes characters you care about and can relate to, while educating the reader at the same time.