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  1. Wishful Wednesday 64

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Halo, selamat hari Rabu semuanya. Setelah rehat selama seminggu yang lalu, kali ini saya kembali lagi dengan Wishful Wednesday. Untuk minggu ini, buku incaran saya adalah:

    Inside the O'Briens
    by: Lisa Genova

    From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist 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 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.

    Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. 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 her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. 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, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

    Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core. 

    Novel kedua dari Lisa Genova. Sebelumnya saya sudah baca Still Alice (review di sini). Kalau lihat dari blurb-nya, Inside the O' Briens ini rasanya masih mirip dengan Still Alice. Tapi, kalau di Still Alice sudut pandang yang diambil adalah dari Alice, yang terkena Alzheimer, mungkin di buku ini diambil dari sudut pandang keluarga penderita Huntington's Disease.

    Penasaran baca buku ini karena saya yakin, sama seperti di Still Alice, penjelasan tentang penyakit dan usaha pengobatannya akan dijelaskan dengan detail, serta konflik keluarganya akan diolah dengan baik.

    Itu dia Wishful Wednesday saya kali ini. Bagaimana denganmu?

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