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Turn of Mindby Alice Laplante
Thursday, March 20, 2014 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
With a rare combination of gripping storytelling, vivid prose, and remarkable insight into character, Alice LaPlante, author of the acclaimed Turn of Mind, brings to life a story of passion and obsession that will haunt readers long after they turn the final page. A charged and provocative psychological thriller, A Circle of Wives (Atlantic Monthly Press) dissects the dynamics of love and marriage, trust and jealousy, posing the terrifying question: How well do you really know your spouse?
Dr. Jennifer White is a retired hand surgeon, who, unfortunately, is moving toward late-stage dementia. When her best friend is murdered and found with fingers surgically removed from one hand, Dr. White is the prime suspect. Yet, how to build a case, much less convict, on the bewildering ramblings of an Alzheimer's patient? Told from Dr. White's perspective, Turn of Mind is a moody, gauzy, wispy story; the haze of lost memory is almost palpable. As Dr. White's dementia deepens and her thoughts becomes more jagged and disconnected, the story continues to build toward an explosive ending. Completely gripping, Alice LaPlante's great literary mystery will keep you guessing until the end.
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A New York Times bestseller, Turn of Mind is a literary thriller about a retired orthopedic surgeon suffering from dementia and accused of killing her best friend. With unmatched patience and a pulsating intensity, Alice LaPlante's debut novel brings us deep into a brilliant womans deteriorating mind, where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse.
When the book opens, Dr. Jennifer Whites best friend, Amanda, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed from her hand. Dr. White is the prime suspect and she herself doesnt know whether she did it. Told in Whites own voice, fractured and eloquent, a picture emerges of the surprisingly intimate, complex alliance between these life-long friends—two proud, forceful women who were at times each others most formidable adversaries. As the investigation into the murder deepens and Whites relationships with her live-in caretaker and two grown children intensify, a chilling question lingers: is Whites shattered memory preventing her from revealing the truth or helping her hide it?
A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, Turn of Mind examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.
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