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What Alice Forgot Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“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
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“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
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.
What would it be like to not have the wealth of memories of a decade of living, and hurting and loving? With this clever plot device, Moriarty gives us insight into what it means to be human. Is it better to forget the pain in our lives and what would happen in the worst of them were wiped out of our memory? Would it make a nicer person? Or would it make us less compassionate and wise?
The suspenseful part of the novel is the wondering what Alice will do when she recovers her memory. Will she forgive or go one with the new life she's made for herself? With everyone now a stranger in her life, Alice must go from being pregnant with her first child and desperately in love with her husband, to waking up with three children and separated from the love of her life and now dating another man. This plot twist had me from the from the first page all the way through to the end and beyond.
Just as in the novel 'The Husband's Secret', Morarity gave a believable and relatable story of a woman's life that truly could happen to anyone, and navigates us through the situation with unforgettable characters who add so much to Alice's life even if she can't remember them. I can't say which novel I enjoyed more, but I do know that I've found a writer I can trust to always entertain and give me something to think about for a long time after the book ends.
This is a book I recommended to my gathering a friends, and I hope they too will enjoy it as much as I did.
As Alice struggles to fit in to the world she has woken up to, Moriarty does a masterful job of bringing the reader along on her journey. I was entertained and engaged the entire time. I highly recommend this insightful, funny, and thought provoking book.