Turn of Mind

(2011)

The first sentence sets the perfect tone for this wonderful debut novel from Alice LaPlante.  "Something has happened."  With so much attention on Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, this book provides a thoughtful but thoroughly terrifying portrait of a victim.  Dr. Jennifer White is a renowned orthopedic surgeon. She has retired, and is doing volunteer work at a local clinic.  She also has dementia, and doesn't quite remember how her neighbor ended up murdered, missing four expertly removed fingers.  Her son, daughter and caregiver each deal with their own issues in addition to helping Jennifer navigate the foggy world that is her life.

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