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Turn of Mind

LaPlante, Alice

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ISBN 10: 0802119778 / ISBN 13: 9780802119773
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2011
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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"A suspenseful psychological thriller" set against through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away due to Alzheimer's. A novel acclaimed by critics and readers alike. This is a Fine/Fine copy of the first edition (stated, with number line starting with "1"), SIGNED and dated (August 2, 2011) by the author on the title page. There is a small bump on the lower edge near the spine, but binding is clean and tight save for a minor spot on the first white page at the bottom and two small bluish stains on the top edge near the spine. From the library of the original owner, probably a once-read copy. DJ is unchipped, unclipped, unmarked, and "bro-darted.". Bookseller Inventory # 120604

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Title: Turn of Mind

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing, Signed

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A stunning first novel, both literary and thriller, about a retired orthopedic surgeon with dementia, Turn of Mind has already received worldwide attention. With unmatched patience and a pulsating intensity, Alice LaPlante brings us deep into a brilliant woman’s deteriorating mind, where the impossibility of recognizing reality can be both a blessing and a curse.

As the book opens, Dr. Jennifer White’s best friend, Amanda, who lived down the block, 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 to hide it?

A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, Turn of Mind is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.

About the Author:

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. LaPlante is the author of five books, including the Los Angeles Times best seller, Method and Madness: The Making of a Story. She lives with her family in Northern California.

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