Thursday Quotables: Inside the O’Briens


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

NEW! Thursday Quotables is now using a Linky tool! Be sure to add your link if you have a Thursday Quotables post to share.

Inside the O'Briens

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
(to be released April 7, 2015)

I absolutely loved this sad, moving, and inspiring story about a family confronting the reality of a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease (HD). You can read my full review here; meanwhile, here are two different passages that stuck with me:

One of the symptoms of HD is depression. Some people with HD begin with the physical symptoms, the movement changes she was just tested for by the neurologist, but some people begin with the psychological symptoms years before any of the chorea sets in. Obsession, paranoia, depression. She can’t stop thinking about HD, she’s convinced that God has cursed her whole family with this disease, and she’s sad about it. Is her less-than-bubbly mood of late the first sign of HD creeping through the cracks, or is it what any normal person under these totally abnormal circumstances would feel? Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? It’s a circular mind fuck.

This second passage truly captures the heart of this book:

As they lurch down the hallway and finally make it to the kitchen, it occurs to Joe that this is the best anyone can hope for in life.

Someone you love to stagger through the hard times with.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
  • Click on the linky button (look for the cute froggie face) below to add your link.
  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
  • Be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables, and have fun!

6 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Inside the O’Briens

  1. I love that second quote 🙂

    I don’t have any quote and I won’t for the entire month. I’n doing the AtoZ Challenge… and boy, that’s hard. But I’m enjoying it!

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