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September 2020: Psychological > Inside the O'Briens - Lisa Genova - 4 stars

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Kelly | 830 comments Author, Lisa Genova, has created a story that is about Huntington's disease and the O’Brien family who is dealing with it. Joe O’Brien was a police officer in his forties when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s and many aspects of his progression with the illness are shown. Genova tells of Joe's denial at first and also his fear of how this will affect his children. His kids each have a 50% chance of having the gene that causes it, and Huntington's will eventually lead to death.

The story is told both from Joe’s point of view and also from his youngest daughter’s side. Katie is a yoga instructor. She is very undecided if she wants to take the test to see if she has the gene that causes the disease. In addition she is hesitant to make choices about the future of her relationships with her boyfriend. Genova does a good job with showing emotions. She educates the reader on the difficulties of the patients and their families. She shows that the question of being testing is not an easy one. It is a very moving book.


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 5766 comments Nice review! I'm so glad to read this. She's an amazing author. She writes about depressing diseases, but her books are moving and necessary. Her characters seem so real. Perhaps they're based on real patients.


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