- 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 (7,748 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238 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.
I read the book because it was selected for my book club this month and admit I found myself a little bogged down with the pacing in the beginning. The first half of the book covers the day Alice fell and the day following. We meet an intriguing cast of characters including Alice's sister, her mother and some of her friends, but not until much later in the book does she encounter her husband and her children. And what a frightening thought! To think you have three children of whom you have no memory!
That concern aside, once I got into the heart of the story and walked with Alice--as she tried to piece together how she went from a happy-go-lucky, much-in-love, soon-to-be mother to an about-to-be-divorced, over-involved mother of three whom people both admired and feared--I was enraptured by this woman's journey.
Liane writes Alice's story from only Alice's POV (in third-person), but we hear her sister's perspective through journal entries and her grandmother's perspective through letters. But it's the author's handling of the marriage, through the scenes with Alice and her husband, Nick, that kept me turning the page. Liane's ear for dialog and her sense of humor is enviable, to say the least.
My friend who selected the book pitched it as a 'light, fun read' but I beg to differ. Yes, the story was fun because it was quite hilarious in spots, but it's also the kind of story that feels much weightier. It's a story that gives you pause and causes you take stock in your own life and makes you wonder that if you had the chance to see yourself ten years from now, would you like the person you'd become? And would you try hard to change that outcome?
I encourage you to read 'What Alice Forgot' to find out what Alice did eventually do with her life. No spoilers here!
A couple of things that annoyed me a little: I found the sister's journal and friend's letters at first confusing, then I liked what they were adding but towards the end they just annoyed me. I found myself flipping forward to see how long they were. I also had to remind myself of just how much time had actually passed, especially with the sister's journal. I also found the apparent lack of concern over her memory loss strange and that she was even allowed to leave the hospital in the first place.
That all said, I found it a very enjoyable read.
A superstar at keeping readers hooked on a taut line, this is the third Moriarty book I’ve read. And though it’s my least favorite of the three, I enjoyed it all the same.