--A "New York Times" Bestseller--Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize--A "New York Times" and "Booklist" Editor's Choice--An NPR, "Vogue," "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel," and "Globe and Mail" Summer Reading Pick--A "San Francisco Chronicle" 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Selection --Best Book of the Year: "Newsday"Amazon.com 10 Best Thriller and Mystery Books"Washington Post" Notable Fiction"The Guardian" Best Thrillers"Kirkus Reviews" Top 25 Best in Fiction"Globe and Mail" Best Mysteries and ThrillersShelf Awareness Top Pick "To call "Turn of Mind" a thriller--or a chronicle of illness, or a 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. . . . In LaPlante's vivid prose, [Dr. White's] waning mind proves a prism instead of a prison, her memory refracted to rich, sensual effect. There are moments of steely, surgical calm, the language tight and fractured . . . and there are moments of blooming, antic poetry. . . . LaPlante has imagined a lunatic landscape well. The twists and turns of mind this novel charts are haunting and original."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Gripping . . . Skilfull . . . Unique . . . [A] compelling whodunit . . . . LaPlante has created an unforgettable portrait of the process of forgetting."--"The Washington Post Book World" "Rare . . . LaPlante's fine novel is both lyrical and shocking." --"Boston Globe" "Remarkably poignant . . . An artful, ambitious, and arresting attempt to capture the thoughts and feelings, by turns confused, conspiratorial, canny, and clear, of a person in the throes of mental illness . . . LaPlante reminds us all, passionately, that no matter what the state of our health, reality can be elusive and subjective."--"The San Francisco Chronicle " "Expertly paced . . . A stunning act of imaginVom Verlag:
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 woman's deteriorating mind, where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse. When the book opens, Dr. Jennifer White's best friend, Amanda, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed from her hand. Dr. White is the prime suspect and 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 adversaries. As the investigation into the murder deepens and White's relationships with her live-in caretaker and two grown children intensify, a chilling question lingers: is White's 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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