- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425247449
- ISBN-13: 978-0425247440
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7,479 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Alice, Elisabeth, and Frannie are so rich and complex they practically jump off the pages and join you in your living room. Between journal entries, letters, and memory flashbacks, these women become people you could see yourself meeting for coffee. I can't say I laughed, but I definitely sniffled with my eyes watering more than once. Happy sniffles, sad sniffles, "oh my dosh" sniffles... this book has them all.
I hate reviews that contain spoilers, but if anyone actually reads mine I feel obligated to say this:
If you are a woman that has struggled with getting pregnant, staying pregnant, or realizing you'll never have the chance to try... this is an incredibly emotional read. I suggest a large box of tissues and your favorite comfort food or drink close at hand.
It was well worth it. This book has left me a little sadder, a little wiser, a little more grateful, and a lot more appreciative of the blessings that I have rather than concentrating on the ones that I don't.
Read it. You won't be disappointed.
This book is about this woman, Alice, who while at a Spin class at the gym falls off her bike, hits her head and when she 'wakes up', she believes it is 10 years earlier. This book takes place in 2008, so she thinks it is 1998. A lot happened in those 10 years. In 1998, cell phones were sort of new, not everyone had one and they were not as advanced as they are now or in 2008. I remember, because I didn't have one, until around 2004. She is very confused and thinks she is pregnant with her first child. She has 3 children, but she doesn't remember them. She and her husband are in the middle of getting divorced and she doesn't understand why. It really made me think, how would I feel if that happen to me. At this point in my life, I don't think 10 years would matter, ,but 20 years ago, if I lost 10 years of my memory, it would have made a big difference.
It was a really good book and I am glad I stuck it out and kept reading. I even recommended it to someone.
As I read Alice's struggles to get friends and family to help her interpret her fragmented memories and the conversational miscues that led her astray, I found myself examining my own forty-three-year marriage at various stages of our lives. The things that pulled Nick and Alice apart were the little things: her criticisms of pointless things like loading the dishwasher, his reluctance to ask what she was thinking rather than guessing (never works!), his fear of causing her to lose it causing her to lose it, her inability to just let things go, his misunderstanding of her taking charge because he had let her, and then feeling left out because she had. These and many more cracks in a good marriage sounded true to me because Bill and I have suffered through all of them at one time or another. Following one particularly disturbing conversation in which Alice clearly was unfairly harsh to Nick, I stood, grabbed my husband in a tight hug, and tearfully apologized to him for taking him for granted.
What Alice Forgot is a primer for marriage. Each couple in the book reveals what can go wrong or right in the everyday slog of raising (or trying to build) a family, a relationship, a friendship, a satisfying life together. When Alice and.Nick were the happiest, they worked as a team, never took themselves too seriously, and they laughed. They enjoyed their sexual relationship. They made each other their best friends. They had similar goals. When they lost each other, it was because focus shifted from their goals and their family to the devoting of too much energy to outside things, events and people. They had nothing left for each other or their kids.
A good parent can only keep all the balls in the air if children and spouse are not counted among the airborne projectiles. Some things are just too fragile to be dropped. Treating those we love and those around us with tenderness and respect is a lost art that must be cultivated to assure vital family relationships, friendships, marriages, so the couple and the children, the children, THE CHILDREN, can flourish.
Recommended to anyone in a relationship of any type, anyone who wants or has children, anyone who has challenging family, friends who are drifting away, jobs or pastimes rising to undue levels of importance. Recommended to anyone who wants to really make his or her family loving, kind, strong, and able to withstand the terrible challenges life throws in their paths. That is, anyone who wants to make that marriage work.