On Sale: January 5, 2016
Featuring: Katie; Joe O’Brien
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Literature and Fiction
From the New York Times bestselling author of
Still Alice Lisa Genova comes a powerful and
transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the
impact of Huntington’s disease.
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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