Simon & Schuster Gallery Books
On Sale: April 7, 2015
Featuring: Katie O'Brien; Joe O'Brien
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Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the
neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted
husband, proud father
of four children in their twenties, and respected officer,
experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking,
outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially
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
father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their
While watching her potential future in her father’s
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
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