Lisa Genova’s newest novel is Inside the O’Briens which focuses on Huntington’s disease. Her book is elegantly written and captures the emotions and turmoil of the characters so well. Joe O’Brien has been a Boston Police Officer for years. He knows everyday that he leaves for work could be his last. His wife and children have always held their breath when they hear sirens. Joe thinks he has seen it all, but nothing can prepare him for the hardships that he has to face once he learns he has Huntington’s disease.
I love Genova’s writing style. She is excellent at humanizing and teaching about the illness. I always find it easy to connect to all of her characters and it was no different with this book. You really feel the struggle of the children not knowing if they should get tested for the disease or live in the unknown. You could feel the frustration that Joe goes through in order to deal with the disease. Yet, somehow Genova still finds hope and happiness. The book could have such a dark outlook but instead she shows many moments of joy. The entire Mostly Books staff has enjoyed Lisa Genova’s books and are continually recommending them. If you haven’t read one yet, start today with this one or Still Alice.