New York, NY (April 7, 2015) – On April 7th, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova will be releasing her 4th novel, Inside the O’Briens which is about a family dealing with Huntington’s disease. Lisa’s previous book, Still Alice, was made into a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristin Stewart and Kate Bosworth. Julianne Moore won an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Award for best actress in her role as a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Inside the O’Briens, published by Simon & Schuster, has received excellent reviews and is expected to bring a great deal of awareness to the devastating impact that Huntington’s disease has on an individual and their family. The book also includes a call to action to support HDSA.
“Lisa is a dear friend to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and this incredible story will let the world know why HD is the quintessential family disease,” Said Louise Vetter, CEO at HDSA. “With the success of Lisa’s previous novels, we are confident that Inside the O’Briens will bring light to the Huntington’s disease community similar to how Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800)345-HDSA.