“This poignant debut immerses us in dementia’s complex choreography. . . . A lyrical mosaic, an indelible portrait of a disappearing mind.” Ellen Shapiro, People (4 stars)
“Artful, ambitious, and arresting.” Glenn C. Altschuler, San Francisco Chronicle
“Expertly paced . . . A stunning act of imagination.” Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune
Turn of Mind,
a literary thriller about a retired orthopedic surgeon suffering from dementia and accused of killing her best friend, made a triumphant debut in hardcover, hitting best-seller lists including The New York Times,
and crossing from the book review pages into health and lifestyle sections of newspapers and radio stations across the country.
When the book opens, Dr. Jennifer White’s best friend, Amanda, who lived down the block, has been killed and four of her fingers have been surgically removed. 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 friendstwo 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.