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Liza, June 23, 2014 (view all comments by Liza)
"My Name is Jennifer White. I am 64 years old. I have dementia."
It's hard to believe TURN OF MIND is Alice LaPlante's first novel. Disguised as a murder mystery, the real reason to read this book is the realistic portrayal of the deterioration of a woman's mind through Alzheimer's Disease. This story is written in 1st person through a series of journal entries by Jennifer White, a former orthopedic surgeon now descending into late-stage dementia who is also a person of interest in the investigation into her best friend's murder. It is a moving study of someone contending with memory loss. We can feel her frustration. Her confusion. Her anger. Eloquently written, highly recommended.
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Curious, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Curious)
A terrific book, that provides the opportunity to see through the eyes and mind of a very intelligent women with Alzheimer Disease. Yet it is also a mystery and a look at relationships that asks some intriguing questions.
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wook borm, January 18, 2013 (view all comments by wook borm)
A widowed doctor is beginning to experience the signs of dementia. A murder in the neighborhood has fingers pointing towards her for several reasons. She still has enough memory to know what happened.
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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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