I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I’m FINALLY getting around to reading that were published months or years ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.
My Pick This Week is….
Published April 2015 by Gallery Books
Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the 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
Can you say perfect discussion book?! This book would make an excellent book club pick as it presents so many interesting discussion topics. It’s the story of the O’Brien family and the devastating consequences of Huntington’s Disease. I have to say I hadn’t heard of Huntington’s before reading this and man, what a devastating diagnosis this would be. I know many people may think they don’t want to read a book about illness and disease but this story is SO much more than that and in the hands of Lisa Genova it’s nothing short of brilliant.
We get to know the entire O’Brien family, Joe, his wife and all 4 of his kids. One day they’re a typical family and the next they learn that Joe has Huntington’s and not only will he die early but he will lose everything that makes him Joe before his death. As Huntington’s is hereditary, each of his 4 kids has a 50% chance of having the gene. They each grapple with the decision of having the genetic test to find out…they each have to answer the question of whether they’d rather live not knowing and wondering if each ache and pain and incidence of forgetfulness is the start of the disease or find out and know for sure that their lives will be cut short and they will suffer tremendously before death. The best part of Lisa Genova’s writing is the fact that she brings these characters to life, we know them, we like them and our hearts break for them. I couldn’t stop reading to find out who would decide to get tested and then what their results would be. As much as I loved this book, I do have to say I was a little mad at the author when I got to the end but after discussing the ending with a couple friends I felt better. If you’re interested in a well paced, character driven read I hope you’ll give this a try
More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews
Amanda at Literary Weaponry
Susan at Susan Loves Books
Cathy at What Cathy Read Next
Lynne at Fictionophile
Annie at The Misstery
Amy at Novel Gossip
Diana at A Haven for Booklovers
Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll
Laurie at Cozy Nook Books
Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine
Laura at Snazzy Books