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    Sadly, Lisa Genova is dialing in

    I loved Still Alice and Left Neglected but Ms, Genova's last two books have left me neglected. Life with the O'Brian's provides lots of information about Huntington's disease and how it affects this particular family. However, the amount of detail that the author felt she needed to tell her readers really got in the way of the story.
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    AnotherGenova triumph

    She takes a horrible life-changing situation and deals with it authentically, and sympathetically. A must read! I couldn't put it down. Lisa Genova is one of my favourite authors.
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    Captivating and thought provoking

    Lisa Genova's lastest book Inside the O'Briens, captures a thumbprint of lives affected by Huntington's Disease, shown through the eyes of Joe O'Brien a proud Irish, Boston Cop his life is dramatically changed as Huntington's disease begins to affect his life, not only on his job and marriage; but knowing that this disease can be passed on to his children. And how to live and cope with this disease is shown in Lisa's Genova's impeccable novel Inside the O'Brien's. When I read a Lisa Genova novel, I am taken into how the people who are dealing with any type of illness how they must feel, and how it affects not only them but their family. I struggled with Joe as he eventually was showing his kids how to handle Huntington Disease. This novel will not disappoint in providing information yes, about a very little known disease that does affect thousands, but how to show empathy and compassion for those devastated by this little known disease. Lisa Genova gives a voice and a face to thousands that are struggling and for that I applaud her ability in writing with compassion and dignity.
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    True to life

    This book was so well-written, and tells every North American HD family's story in great detail. At times humorous, hopeful, and absolutely heart-wrenching. Huntington's is one of the worst diseases. I should know - it's effected 4 generations of my family. There were moments where I had to set this book down for a while because it is so real to how it really is for a family that has this disease. I laughed, I cried the ugly cry, and I cheered the O'Brien's on. I loved the ending too! Please, if you're the donating kind, Make the Huntington's society the charity you choose this year.... from someone who is so hopeful for a cure!
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    Interesting, tension-filled,and a surprise ending

    The book was typical Lisa Genova in that it identifies and describes the tension that comes from a family beset by a serious medical condition. Not as tightly plotted as her first novel, but still a good read.
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