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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice LaPlante Narrator: Jean Reed Bahle Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781455838660
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My name is Dr. Jennifer White. I am sixty-four years old. I have dementia. My son, Mark, is twenty-nine. My daughter, Fiona, twenty-four. A caregiver, Magdalena, lives with me. Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind is a spellbinding novel about the disintegration of a strong woman’s mind and the unhinging of her family. Dr. Jennifer White, recently widowed and a newly retired orthopedic surgeon, is entering the beginning stages of dementia — where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse. As the story opens, Jennifer’s life-long friend and neighbor, Amanda, has been killed, and four fingers surgically removed. Dr. White is the prime suspect in the murder and she herself doesn’t know if she did it or not. Narrated in her voice, fractured and eloquent, a picture emerges of the surprisingly intimate, complex alliance between this pair — two proud, forceful women who were at times each other’s most formidable adversaries. The women’s thirty-year friendship deeply entangled their families, and as the narrative unfolds we see that things were not always as they seemed. Jennifer’s deceased husband, James, is clearly not the scion he was thought to be. Her two grown children — Mark, a lawyer, and Fiona, a professor, who now have power over their mother’s medical and financial decisions respectively — have agendas of their own. And Magdalena, her brusque live-in caretaker, has a past she hides. As the investigation intensifies, a chilling question persists: is Dr. Jennifer White’s shattered memory preventing her from revealing the truth or helping her to hide it? Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself. “Turn of Mind is bursting with humanity, in full array. Impossible to put down and yet a book not only to be savored, but returned to. A glorious achievement.” —Jeffrey Lent Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “LaPlante’s literary novel explores uncharted territory, imagining herself into a mind, one slipping, fading, spinning away from her protagonist, a woman who may have murdered her best friend…A haunting story masterfully told.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Extraordinarily crafted…Heartbreaking and stunning, this is both compelling and painful to read.”

    Library Journal

  • “LaPlante’s impressive first novel sensitively explores the mental disintegration of widowed 64-year-old Jennifer White…Mystery fans should be prepared for a subtle literary novel in which the unfolding of Jennifer’s condition and of her past matters far more than the whodunit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An expansive, expertly wrought imagining of memory’s failures and potential…Alzheimer’s is bleak territory, and to saddle Jennifer with suspected murder seems cruel and unusual punishment. But in LaPlante’s vivid prose, her waning mind proves a prism instead of a prison, her memory refracted to rich, sensual effect…The twists and turns of mind this novel charts are haunting and original.”

    New York Times

  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews u201cNew and Notable Titleu201d, July 2011
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Mystery Novel
  • A 2012 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michotimo | 2/12/2014

    " This book was an interesting look at Alzheimer's and what a person with the disease might experience. It was at times a bit tricky to follow who was speaking (it's told in first person but there's a lot of quoting others). Nevertheless, it was an interesting read but I got kind of tired of it about 3/4 of the way through and was ready for the conclusion. There wasn't a character that I loved or was rooting for, but maybe that was the point - how we're all flawed and have our regrets or short-comings - or downright misdeeds! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/5/2014

    " I liked the story, it's interesting to think about the dilemma of the caretaker and daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 1/31/2014

    " An intimate view of the confusion of an imminent surgeon who suffers from dementia and is being charged with the murder of her longtime friend and neighbor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donya Ann Leeman | 1/29/2014

    " What a fascinating book, told from the point of view of a woman with Alzheimers. Scary as hell--not from the mystery contained in the plot, but from the thought of developing the disease. Haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/26/2014

    " gripping mystery centering on woman with dementia "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Garner | 1/18/2014

    " Most everybody has had experience with a family member, friend, or acquaintance who has Alzheimers. This book provides a fascinating view of the experience. But it is more than that, exploring the relationship between two very strong, very capable women who have a bond based on both power and love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 1/15/2014

    " Should read some mysteries before trying to write one. Expensive lawyer would never have let homicide detective hound someone with dementia. Supposedly smart homicide detective would have figured out the real murderer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammcnair | 10/23/2013

    " interesting technique and story. Hand Surgeon develops dementia, story is told through her notebook where she writes things down because she can't remember. Issue is murder of her close friend, who's fingers have been surgically removed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/12/2013

    " A very interesting book written from a unique point of view. It kept me guessing until the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi Olson | 10/9/2013

    " Interesting writing style that made for an interesting book. The author really tried to take you into the mind of a (once brilliant) doctor who is now in the throes of dementia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 4/20/2013

    " Terrific.the suspect is a retired surgeon suffering from dementia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 4/1/2013

    " This was a REALLY good book. While I enjoyed the mystery side of the story I was impressed by the point of view and the insights into someone suffering from Alzheimer's. It was remarkably well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 9/8/2012

    " It was an interesting book about a woman with Alzheimer's that was told from her perspective. It is an intense story that has humorous moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/7/2012

    " Very disturbing and at times hard to follow ... But totally worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatrice | 5/15/2012

    " Another great book group selection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Cox | 5/15/2012

    " It is difficult for me to believe this is a first novel. The writing is simply outstanding. The plot is intricate and well developed and the book reeks of suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 2/27/2012

    " this book scared me to no end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayna | 2/17/2012

    " An interesting take on a murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzze Tiernan | 1/21/2012

    " Loved the premise, and it came out perfectly. Great writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisa Stroot | 1/14/2012

    " Wow. This is an intense, amazing, brilliant book that can be difficult to read but you cannot put it down. The glimpse thru the eyes of Alzheimer's is compelling. For me the murder was almost a distraction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/2/2011

    " True page turner, but characters were all unlikeable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/13/2011

    " The murder mystery was just the kind I love, one with twists and turns to keep you guessing. You are going to love this book and I bet you'll want to talk about it long after you've finished the last word. It's a perfect summer read.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 6/12/2011

    " I originally gave this book 4 stars, but changed it to 5 once I realized that it's been haunting me for the past two weeks. It's probably the most intricately woven story I've read in a very long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/4/2011

    " A great, haunting read. This book reminds me so much of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox in that you piece the story together via someone who has dementia. "

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About the Author
Author Alice LaPlante

Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in Epoch, Southwestern Review, and other literary journals. She lives with her family in Northern California.