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Inside the O'Briens : a novel, Lisa Genova

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Inside the O'Briens : a novel
Title
Inside the O'Briens
Title remainder
a novel
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Lisa Genova
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Inside the OBriens
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eng
Summary
Joe O'Brien is a forty-four-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. Each of Joe's four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father's disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. 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. Does she want to know? What if she's gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing? 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
Summary
"From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington's Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer's. Joe O'Brien is a forty-four-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. Each of Joe's four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father's disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. 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. Does she want to know? What if she's gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing? 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"--
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Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2015.
  • Library Journal Best Books 2015
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10409865
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DLC
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Genova, Lisa
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Huntington's disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Families of the terminally ill
  • Police
  • Irish American Catholics
  • Terminally ill
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Huntington Disease
  • Terminally Ill
  • Family Relations
  • Genetic Diseases, Inborn
  • Genetic Testing
  • Boston
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Families of the terminally ill
  • Genetic disorders
  • Huntington's disease
  • Irish American Catholics
  • Police
  • Terminally ill
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
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adult
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Inside the O'Briens : a novel, Lisa Genova
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn893784097
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Gallery books hardcover edition.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781476717777
Lccn
2014034832
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)893784097
Label
Inside the O'Briens : a novel, Lisa Genova
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn893784097
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Gallery books hardcover edition.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9781476717777
Lccn
2014034832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)893784097

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