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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante.. Killer debut novel. This one engages on so many levels, from the dementia of the narrator/protagonist to the emotional richness of the tale. Surgeon kills friend, forgets? Hair-raising.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Alzheimer's disease doesn't seem like a great subject for a page-turner. Affecting 10% of us over 65 and 50% older than 85, it inspires dread in the culture. And yet a page-turner is exactly what Alice LaPlante has crafted with "Turn of Mind," a novel told from the point of view of a woman with dementia. LaPlante manages to take hold of the aforementioned dread and modulate it, creating a startling range and texture of fear. From agonizing, slow-motion-car-crash moments to the ironic frissons of a good horror movie, she hits every bell."

The Los Angeles Times

"It is a doozy of a set-up: the telltale digits, the amnesiac at large. The unfocused dread that Jennifer feels will linger to the end. But to call “Turn of Mind” a thriller — or a chronicle of illness, or saga of friendship, for that matter — would confine it to a genre it transcends. This is a portrait of an unstable mind, an expansive, expertly wrought imagining of memory’s failures and potential."

The New York Times

Author bio: 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. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (320 pp. Artful: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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