Happy July to everyone. The new Indie Next List is out, and I'm very excited that we are hosting the #1 pick from independent booksellers around the county, Alice LaPlante's novel, Turn of Mind, on Wednesday, July 13.
Then a whole bunch of other books got in the way, and I wound up taking the book to the big Book Expo America convention. Now I always take a few books to the show, but there are always more there, and there's no time to read, and you start kicking yourself. I was so absorbed in Turn of Mind, however, that I found myself reading it everywhere--in buses and subways, waiting for buses, while walking on crowded sidewalks, and even just slipping away from the show to get in another ten pages.
There are a lot of folks that share my enthusiasm for Turn of Mind.
Kirkus gave Turn of Mind a starred review. They said, "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." Faulkner! Read the rest of the review here.
Publisher's Weekly also starred their review. "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." More here.
Here's author Beth Kephart on her blog. "Turn of Mind will have readers emphatically talking, bloggers opining, book club members up late at night. It's a chilling story. Dementia is chilling. LaPlante brings its fog and smear to vivid, shivering life." She also compared the book to Carole Maso's Ava. Read more on Beth Kephart Books.