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Inside the O'Briens - A Novel

Lisa Genova

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author 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 Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their twenties, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to aging and the cumulative physical and psychological 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 that affects the progression and no cure. And it is genetic. 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 their potential future in their father's escalating symptoms, each child struggles with the questions this test imposes on their young adult lives, including his youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie. 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, he struggles to maintain his identity and sense of purpose. How can he find hope in a situation that feels hopeless? How can he find courage without any armor or weapons? What else might he be able to pass down to his children other than a fatal disease? Where is the honor in living and dying with Huntington's? Each family member must reach deep inside, reexamine their values and the relationships that matter most as they learn to lead lives not defined by fear, but instead, by love. Praised for writing that "explores the resilience

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author 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 Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their twenties, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to aging and the cumulative physical and psychological 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 that affects the progression and no cure. And it is genetic. 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 their potential future in their father's escalating symptoms, each child struggles with the questions this test imposes on their young adult lives, including his youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie. 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, he struggles to maintain his identity and sense of purpose. How can he find hope in a situation that feels hopeless? How can he find courage without any armor or weapons? What else might he be able to pass down to his children other than a fatal disease? Where is the honor in living and dying with Huntington's? Each family member must reach deep inside, reexamine their values and the relationships that matter most as they learn to lead lives not defined by fear, but instead, by love. Praised for writing that "explores the resilience
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From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author 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 Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their twenties, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to aging and the cumulative physical and psychological 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 that affects the progression and no cure. And it is genetic. 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 their potential future in their father's escalating symptoms, each child struggles with the questions this test imposes on their young adult lives, including his youngest, twenty-one-year-old Katie. 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, he struggles to maintain his identity and sense of purpose. How can he find hope in a situation that feels hopeless? How can he find courage without any armor or weapons? What else might he be able to pass down to his children other than a fatal disease? Where is the honor in living and dying with Huntington's? Each family member must reach deep inside, reexamine their values and the relationships that matter most as they learn to lead lives not defined by fear, but instead, by love. Praised for writing that "explores the resilience

Language:

English

Narrators:

Skipp Sudduth

Length:

11h 13m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:57


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

29:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:22