Inside the O’Briens

Well, here we go with another book review, this time by one of my favorite authors, Lisa Genova.  As a scientist herself, the author writes a completely authentic and interesting novel about one family dealing with the inherited neurological disorder, Huntington’s Disease.

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We follow the fictional O’Brien family through the discovery, treatment, and final stages of this rare but devastating disease.  Would you want to know what was going to extinguish your life – and approximately when?  People with this gene can get testing to find out – but would you do it?  I really like how this question was handled in the book, regarding the four O’Brien siblings after their father is diagnosed.  Some might say this is a depressing book because it is SO true to life.  I happen to really enjoy these types of books…. I guess having a medical background helps.  I loved Still Alice, Ms Genova’s first book, recently made into a movie of the same name. It dealt with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  I also enjoyed Left Neglected, a book about the traumatic brain disorder called “Left Neglect”. Waiting for me to read on my Kindle I have Love Anthony – her book that peeks into the mind of autism.  I hope she keeps writing these fascinating books – and if she does, I’ll certainly keep reading them!

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