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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Later Printing Used edition (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157189
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,715 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Funny and knowing… [about] what we choose to remember, and fight to forget.” —O magazine

“The gripping story of a woman who wakes up with a bump on her head and no knowledge of the past ten years…an acutely observed romantic comedy that is both thought-provoking and funny.”—Marie Claire (UK)

“The affecting tale of Alice’s chance for a ten-year do-over.”—The New York Times

“Grabbed me on the first page…a deep and wondrous novel.” —Luanne Rice

“I loved this book. It has, for me, everything that makes a good novel excellent.” —Jeanne Ray

“Heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking…a story you’ll remember.” —Jennifer Crusie

“Highly addictive.” —She Magazine (UK; Book of the Month)

“I loved this original read.” —The Sun (UK)

 “Funny and captivating.” —Closer (UK)

“Winning…well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.” —Publishers Weekly

“An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery.” —Booklist

“Moriarity makes this more than just a one-note story, weaving in a plotline involving Alice's childless sister… intriguing… will keep readers guessing and curious to know more about Alice.” —Library Journal
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of two novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which were published around the world and translated into seven languages. She is also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children. Moriarty lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

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Customer Reviews

Very well written with excellent character development.
J. Morales
What Alice Forgot really makes you take a step back and realize what is important in life - in your relationships.
Christina Beauchamp
This book kept me interested from the beginning to the end.

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344 of 367 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham on April 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
What Alice Forgot is very similar to Sophie Kinsella's tale Remember Me?, but Remember Me? is a much lighter affair (it's Sophie Kinsella after all) and What Alice Forgot is a far deeper (and longer) tale. That's no bad thing, though, as I loved both books and they both suit my tastes. Because 29-year-old Alice believes that she's happily married and pregnant with her first child, and also that she and her sister Elisabeth are close, it comes as a series of shocks to her when she realises she has three actual children and that not only does she not remember having them, she doesn't remember them period. To then learn herself and Nick, her husband, are on the brink of divorce and also that Alice and Elisabeth are as close as the North and South pole, was quite sad to read - to believe you're 29 and to suddenly age 10 years must be a pretty scary thing and Liane Moriarty managed to bring across Alice's anguish perfectly. To have three children and not even know who they are was obviously a little controversial - how can she not know her kids? - but that's the power of amnesia, it makes you forget the most simple (and important) things.

What really made the book for me though was Alice's realisation that her 39-year-old self wasn't a nice person at all. She was nothing like the 29-year-old free spirit, in fact she was the total opposite. So it was easy to see how Alice and Nick's relationship disintegrated. Alice turned into a total control freak, it seemed, and it just tore them apart. The ever-mysterious Gina certainly didn't help Nick and Alice's marriage and I was stunned at just how ferocious Nick was the first time he and Alice talked after her accident.
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Annie1 on June 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What if you could not remember the last 10 years of your life? Pregnancies and births, marriages and deaths, friends and enemies? This is what happens to Alice, who after a fall, wakes up believing that she is 29 years old, happily married, and due to have her first baby soon. Reality is, that she is closer to 40, with 3 children and a failing marriage. So begins the story of Alice as she has finds out what has happened in the past 10 years of her life from those who are around her, and discovers that the Alice of 29 years had morphed into a very strong, capable mother, with opinions and actions that don't always endear her to those around her. Can past wrongs be undone? Will she come out of this a better person?

This book was highly entertaining, with a story that also makes you think about what your own last 10 years have been like (and all the events that took place in those years). The character of Alice is very interesting and well developed, as is all the other people in the story, especially her sister, Elisabeth and grandmother Frannie.

I kept reading this book, not wanting to put it down as I was so engrossed to see how it would all turn out - it holds your interest the whole time, and despite it being an out of the ordinary case of amnesia, it still comes across as a believable story line, handled very well by this author.

Enjoyable and fun read.
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208 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Misty on July 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Picked this book up while on vacation in England and actually skipped sightseeing one day to stay at the hotel and finish reading it. Yeah, it was that good! I'm an avid reader and a bit hard to please. I can usually figure out a plot pretty quick. But this book threw me for some loops and kept me guessing. I loved the way it was told, especially the sister's letters to her doctor as they gradually tell a story of their own about what the sister has been going through. A previous reviewer said it was reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me - yes, it was. However, I thought this book was much better. The characters were more complex and the story line was better. All my 'reading' friends have borrowed it now and have all loved it also. I also loved the ending. It was perfect.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Greek Lady on July 9, 2011
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What a lovely book - enjoyable to read, yet it sneaks up on you to make you really think about your own life. It's hard to put down; I was so interested in finding out what would happen when Alice's memory returned. Moriarty does a great job at feeding the reader tidbits of information as the story progresses, keeping the reader engaged. But the real strength of the book it that it leads one to think about one's own life: what would the me of 10 years ago (or 20 or 30 years?) think of the me now? How do marriages that begin so absolutely lovely end up with people hating one another? What if just one of the couple can look at the other with eyes from the start of the relationship? How can we find a way to accept and forgive each other? And, how can the old me and current me integrate to find the best of each? So, I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Cal on August 31, 2011
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I felt like this book should have been about 100 pages shorter. Alice's story is very compelling, but then we are introduced to two other narratives (the sister and the grandmother) and in my opinion these really slowed the pace of the book. They are told using the devices of letters and journal entries (ugh) and had the feel of "this is the author telling the story" instead of the way a letter would really be written. The grandmother's story in particular I thought could have been cut completely.
That said, the author did a good job with authentic details and dialogue, and I wanted to keep reading to find out how the ending would be resolved. Three and a half stars.
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