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Turn of Mind


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ISBN13: 9780802119773
ISBN10: 0802119778
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Mathew Rose, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Mathew Rose)
A five star book all the way to the last half of the last chapter. A very well written story, and even the switch from first person to second person was deftly handled. A perfect book save for the Matlock ending.
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flipper, January 26, 2012 (view all comments by flipper)
Deeply thought provoking, yet disturbing at the same time.
Kept me riveted on a long plane ride.
Wanted to finish the book, but didn't at the same time.
Helped in dealing with seeing things that are happening presently in our world today.
Almost didn't want to get this book, but it was a definite must read, and meant to be!!!!!!
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Kathleen L, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Kathleen L)
A compelling dramatic mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. Its insight into the crumbling mind of a once-successful physician who has developed dementia is thought-provoking and is likely to stay with you. Highly recommend.
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Michele Nye, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Michele Nye)
The story is told through the eyes of a woman with dementia. It was entertaining and an interesting way to view the world.
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Sharon Leon, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by Sharon Leon)
The voice in this novel is haunting. The mystery unfolds backward and reveals itself as we lose the main character. Fascinating.
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LaPlante, Alice
Atlantic Monthly Press
La Plante, Alice
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Product details 320 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780802119773 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Alice LaPlante's remarkable debut novel is a page-turning mystery written with spellbinding language. But even more than that, it's an incredibly intimate portrait of a deteriorating mind. Heartbreaking, intelligent, and lyrical, Turn of Mind introduces an impressive new talent.

"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "LaPlante's impressive first novel sensitively explores the mental disintegration of widowed 64-year-old Jennifer White, a once-lauded Chicago hand surgeon, who charts her own experiences with Alzheimer's both consciously, in notes she writes to herself and thoughts she shares, and unconsciously, as she records conversations and actions she witnesses but doesn't understand. When someone fatally bludgeons Jennifer's best friend, 75-year-old Amanda O'Toole, who lives just three doors away, suspicion falls on Jennifer because the killer surgically removed four fingers from Amanda's right hand. In a satisfying twist, Jennifer honestly doesn't know herself whether she committed the murder. Jennifer's 29-year-old lawyer son, Mark, wishes to have his mother declared mentally incompetent, while her 24-year-old daughter, Fiona, a sweet, loving flake, and her full-time caretaker, Magdalena, act out of less selfish motives. Mystery fans should be prepared for a subtle literary novel in which the unfolding of Jennifer's condition and of her past matters far more than the whodunit. 16-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Turn of Mind is a uniquely entertaining murder mystery. Alice LaPlante's portrayal of the prime suspect's escalating dementia, told from her point of view, is gripping, unnerving, and utterly brilliant."
"Review" by , "Hey, readers, Alice LaPlante has arrived. Turn of Mind features a crazy-smart narrator in a gripping family drama that is itself a brilliant murder mystery. LaPlante possesses both the wild audacity to attempt such a tour-de-force and the pure talent to pull it off. Totally compelling, dark and yet at moments also darkly funny, completely unforgettable. Lord knows what LaPlante will write next. I can't wait."
"Review" by , "LaPlante's literary novel explores uncharted territory, imagining herself into a mind, one slipping, fading, spinning away from her protagonist....LaPlante tells the story poignantly, gracefully, and artistically. Jennifer White, as a physician, as a wife, as a mother, leaps from the pages as a powerful character....A haunting story masterfully told."
"Review" by , "An electrifying book, impossible to put down. Gripping, thought-provoking, humane, funny, tragic, it is masterfully done, a tour de force that can't be a first novel — and yet it is. I'll read whatever LaPlante writes next, and the sooner the better."
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