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Booktalking: "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone" by Rachel Solomon

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Adina and Tovah are quite the pair. They're twins, and their entry into adulthood may consist of receiving a genetic test for Huntington's disease. Having watched their mother's jagged and dangerous descent into the disease, the young women are curious if its ravages will eventually touch either of them. But the twins are divided on whether it is best to find out ahead of time. Tovah yearns to get tested, while Adina is more hesitant. 

Adina is a viola player who longs to perform professionally, and would be delighted to study at Juilliard. At present, however, she may be more interested in Arjun, her viola teacher. The young woman is alternately captivated by him and repulsed by the overwhelming circumstances of her life. Her relationship with her sister is strained, and she worries about the long-term prospects of a viola-playing career.

Tovah has her sights set on studying pre-med at Johns Hopkins University. She has always wanted to become a surgeon, and now is her chance to get started on that dream. She currently interns at a local hospital, which she loves.

Tovah finds solace in Judaism, and wishes that her sister would as well. One day, she hopes to regain a sense of closeness with her sister that was somehow lost in the tangle of Huntington's disease and future aspirations.

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Solomon, 2018

I love stories about twins and sisters; this story also gave me a different perspective of Judaism in practice.


Books about Huntington's disease

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