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Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind

A stunning first novel, both literary and thriller, about a retired orthopedic surgeon with dementia, TURN OF MIND has already received worldwide attention.

Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind

When Dr. Jennifer White’s best friend, Amanda, is found dead with four of her fingers surgically removed, Dr. White is the prime suspect. But she herself doesn’t know whether she did it. Told in White’s 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 other’s most formidable adversary.

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

July 2011

I like books that I can describe really succinctly, like TURN OF MIND by Alice LaPlante. Here's the story. Dr. Jennifer White has Alzheimer's. Her neighbor --- her best friend, the godmother of her daughter --- has been found dead in her home. All clues point to Jennifer, who was a hand surgeon before she became too incapacitated to work, and she cannot remember if she killed her friend or not. It's brilliantly done as you weave in and out of Jennifer's world as it unravels.

Week of March 26, 2012

Daisy Goodwin's THE AMERICAN HEIRESS tells the story of the beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts'. When she travels abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, Cora suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

In Alice LaPlante's TURN OF MIND, a former surgeon suffering from dementia becomes the primary suspect in the murder of her best friend and neighbor.