Loving Joe Gallucci: Love and Life with Hepatitis C by Kate Genovese
, 215 pages, soft cover with bibliography.
Love between a man and a woman is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and sprirutal exchanges between human beings. It is also one of the most tragic, particularly when alcohol. drugs, dysfunctional families, and a life-threatening liver disease are thrown into the mix. Loving Joe Gallucci
is one such love affair. It is the extraordinary romantic tale of Meg Flaherty, daughter of an eminent Massachusetts senator, and Jimmy Romano, a blue-collar boy always trying to prove himself to the imperious Flaherty clan. Taking place over a period of thirty years, this novel chronicles the tumultuous courtship and marriage of a husband forever struggling with heroin and cocaine, and a wife whose fidelity to him throughout his addictions, and later through his bout with Hepatitis C, is extraordinary.
More than anything, Loving Joe Gallucci
is a story of redemption, of the resurrection of the Romano family through the triumph over adversity, and through faith, hope, and unconditional love. In its final analysis, this book is a call to arms against a liver disease so subtle and yet so damaging that it could perhaps be called the AIDs epidemic of the twenty-first century.
Writes Melissa Palmer, MD and author of "Dr. Melissa Palmer's Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease": "As a liver specialist who treats hundreds of people with Hepatitis C every year, I would like to express my gratitude, on my patients behalf, to Kate Genovese for authoring a book which portrays the human drama that flows from the diagnosis of Hepatitis C."