UPDATE: Alice LaPlante's bestselling novel is finalist for One Read program

Friday, April 13, 2012 | 1:50 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — Award winning fiction writer, Alice LaPlante, made three bestselling lists within a month of her latest book's release. 

Among other awards, "Turn of Mind" was also the first fiction book to receive the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, which is awarded to a book focused on medicine. 

Alice LaPlante's novel is one of the two finalists for the One Read program in Columbia this year. In the program, a panel chooses a book and then events and community discussions are held about the novel.  

"I love the idea of an entire community coming together over a book," LaPlante said. 

LaPlante's book has been chosen several times for similar programs in other communities. She has participated in these by giving live presentations and taking part in discussions.

"It was terrific fun," she said. 

"I would love readers to end up with insight into what it feels like to suffer from dementia — to have been transported into another world entirely with a completely different perspective on their lives, and the lives of those around them." 

The other finalist for the program is "The Tiger's Wife" by Téa Obreht. Obreht could not offer feedback on her novel being chosen as a finalist because she is on a "self-imposed" embargo while she begins writing her next book, said Seth Fishman, a representative of Obreht's. She is also traveling at the moment. 

Although the winner for the One Read program will not be chosen until May 21, LaPlante does not want readers to expect a "conventional whodunit." 

"The mystery at the heart of the book is the mystery of the human condition, and of personality and relationships," she said. "That's what really matters in the end."

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