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This is the sort of book that reminds me there are masterful writers in this world. LaPlante makes the reader believe a woman in the midst of dementia is speaking.
TURN OF MIND
by Alice LaPlante
Atlantic Monthly Press
LaPlante tells the story poignantly, gracefully and artistically. Jennifer White, as a physician, as a wife, as a mother, leaps from the pages as a powerful character, one who drifts away from all that is precious to her—her profession, her mental acuity—with acceptance, anger and intermittent tragic self-knowledge. LaPlante writes in scenes without chapter breaks. White’s thoughts and speech are presented in plain text and those of the people she encounters in italics. Despite the near stream-of-consciousness, Faulknerian Sound and Fury presentation, the narrative is easily followed to the resolution of the mystery and White’s ultimate melancholy and inevitable end.
A haunting story masterfully told.