- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition / First Printing edition (April 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147671777X
- ISBN-13: 978-1476717777
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,096 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This novel of siblings rocked by their father's Huntington's disease is a total tearjerker, but ultimately it's a tribute to family love." (Glamour)
"An intimate, heartbreaking look at life with Huntington's disease." (Marie Claire)
"Genova...compassionately details how an illness—this time Huntington's disease—can destroy not only the afflicted, but those who love them as well." (People Magazine)
“An unsparing, heart-piercing portrait…compelling...enlightening.” (The Washington Post)
"A moving drama." (US Weekly)
"A gut-wrenching and memorable read." (Library Journal, Starred Review)
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"Inside the O'Briens is...about resilience and hope." (Bookreporter.com)
“Genova’s book will move readers as well as demystify a condition sometimes called ‘the cruelest disease known to man.’” (Publishers Weekly)
"Sympathetic, absorbing, multifaceted characters compel the reader's compassion. While Genova's background in neuroscience allows her to portray medical issues accurately, the heart of the O'Briens' story is human....Poignant and painful, warm and redemptive, Inside the O'Briens displays Genova's established strengths in bringing neuroscience to the lay reader, and portraying the power of love." (Shelf Awareness)
“The family’s resilience makes this a story about living, not dying.” (The Michigan Daily)
"[Genova's] compassionate storytelling is full of human emotion, all the way from boiling rage to love and gratitude, to despair." (The Vancouver Sun)
“For a book that could be bleak and depressing, Genova turns it into a story that is strong and uplifting. The disease will continue its inexorable march, but the O’Briens’ response tells much about character when faced with crisis.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Inside the O'Briens . . . promises to do for Huntington's disease, what Still Alice did for Alzheimer's." (Huffington Post)
"Lisa Genova’s deep empathy for her characters shines through this poignant and uplifting story about family, grief and the resilience of the human spirit. Kudos to this amazing writer for showing us—once again—the transformative powers of even the most devastating events. Do not miss this fabulous novel." (Barbara Shapiro, author of THE MURALIST and THE ART FORGER)
"For the characters in a Lisa Genova novel, there is no way out, for genetic destiny has sealed their fate. And yet, for us as readers, there also is no way out, for we have no desire to look away. In his fear and courage, Joe O’Brien is an American hero. Huntington’s disease will claim his life, but not his capacity to love. This is Genova’s genius. A bold, skillful writer at the height of her narrative powers, she makes us long to hope for the hopeless and comfort the condemned. In their hard journeys, we find the small shining promise of every single ordinary day." (Jacquelyn Mitchard, author THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and TWO IF BY SEA)
"Lisa Genova’s subtle, finely tuned prose gains momentum until you don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or give thanks. Like all of her work, Inside the O’Briens is brimming with candor, pathos, and deeply human characters. I didn't want the book to end!" (Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS and WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS)
About the Author
Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of Inside the O'Briens, Love Anthony, Left Neglected, and Still Alice. Her first novel, Still Alice, has been adapted into a film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, Chronicle, Fox News, and Canada AM and is featured in the Emmy Award–winning documentary film To Not Fade Away. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.
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I moved to California last year and my new neurologist eventually said I might have Huntington's and I got a DNA blood test. (41 CAG repeats in HD language.)
I knew nothing about "prodone" until I read Lisa's book. It explained a lot about my entire adult life and gave me an invaluable new perspective on my mother's "mental illness's."
I'm actually relieved with this diagnosis because I finally have answers as to why I'm like I am.
I have found a great local support group and am also getting on a list for any future clinical trials. I live by myself with my dog. I can still take care of myself and am able to drive. I figure I have at least 5 to 10 years minimum and totally optimistic that there will be drugs developed in my lifetime that will slow or halt the progression of this awful disease. And maybe even a cure.
I am so grateful to Lisa Genova for writing this book and the serendipitous way it appeared the week I needed it most.
I had the opportunity to meet her and was so impressed by her passion to bring light to these very real diseases and to empower people to fight for a cure!
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