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Turn of Mind

Turn of Mind

Alice LaPlante

  • awardWinner, The Wellcome Trust Book Prize, United Kingdom, 2011
  • awardLonglisted, The Gold Dagger, United Kingdom, 2012
  • awardLonglisted, The John Creasey New Blood Dagger, United Kingdom, 2012
  • Dr. Jennifer White’s life-long friend Amanda is dead—murdered. Four of her fingers were surgically removed after death, and Dr. White is the main suspect. But she doesn’t know if she did it.

    As dementia takes hold of White, a picture emerges of two proud, forceful women, who were both best friends and formidable adversaries. And of White’s family—her two grown children, her strictness and exactitude. As the police investigation closes in, and her relationships with her children intensify, White searches her ever-fragmented mind for images of herself in Amanda’s house that day. Is her shattered memory preventing her from finding the truth or helping her to hide it?

    Turn of Mind is a remarkable debut: literary and thriller, and a stunning exploration of a crumbling reality. Through White’s eloquent, fractured voice, Alice LaPlante examines the frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.

    Alice LaPlante
    About the Author

    Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer who teaches at San Francisco State University and Stanford University, where she was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and held a Jones Lectureship. Raised in Chicago, she now lives with her family in Northern California. Turn of Mind is her first novel.

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    Text publication date:
    1 August 2011
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