Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
Published December 21, 2016
- Author Lisa Genova
What I love about Genova’s work is that it highlights and gets deeper into diseases that you know about, but don’t really know about. This book talks about Huntingdon’s Disease, which a Charlestown cop discovers he has. The story focuses on his reaction and gradual decline, but more importantly it examines the effect his diagnosis has on the second generation.
As an inherited gene is the cause of all the issues, each of the four kids could have the disease, and we get to wrestle along with the characters as they decide whether to find out their fate or not. It’s heartbreaking to read, but also fascinating. How would you react? Perhaps it is easier to say without being in the situation itself.
An emotional read, this one, but important for awareness and understanding, and all tucked inside a really good story as well.