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What Alice Forgot Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Praise for What Alice Forgot
“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.”—New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice
“I loved this book. It has, for me, everything that makes a good novel excellent.”—New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Ray
“Heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking...a story you’ll remember.”—New York Times bestselling author 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 Alice Forgot is an unputdownable page-turner -- be prepared to check out of your life for a day or two while you become totally immersed in Alice's. But the book is more than just an entertaining beach read. As Alice struggles to remember her life, the reader learns about Alice's sister, Elisabeth, and her heart wrenching struggle to have a baby. Additionally, an uplifting story about Alice's adopted grandmother demonstrates the blurred line between friends and family. Ultimately, Ms. Moriarty's What Alice Forgot reminds us what it means to be a wife, a sister and a friend. 4.5 Stars.
The book's titular protagonist gets a nasty bump on the head in the opening scene, which causes her memory loss. (Confirming what I've always thought about spin classes being evil!) She thinks she's 29, madly in love with her husband, and expecting her first child, but the reality is that she's pushing 40, hates her husband and is in the process of divorcing him, and has three older children she can't remember much less relate to! Everything in her life has changed and Alice doesn't know how or why, which is very disconcerting. She tries to put the pieces of her life back together and patch up relationships with family members and friends that have gone off track, but it's a difficult task when she feels totally disassociated from the person she became in those missing ten years.
What Alice Forgot grabbed me on the first page. I was instantly drawn into Alice's world and empathized with her dilemma. Who wouldn't want to go back to a time in your life when things were simple and you were truly happy? And how bizarre would it be to have people telling you all these things you did and said (Stuff that doesn't even sound like you!) and you don't remember any of it? The reader gets the same clues and red herrings about Alice's past that she does as the story progresses, and I liked the mystery aspect of the book. I was trying to figure out the truth of these different, pivotal events in Alice's life right along with her. Truth be told, I was kind of hoping Alice wouldn't get her memory back because Amnesiac Alice seemed like a much nicer person. Pre-Concussion Alice was very tightly wound and even though she was obsessed with being the perfect, involved mom, she wasn't really doing such a great job of giving her kids what they really needed.
Most of the book is a third-person narrative and it focuses on Alice and her journey, but that was broken up by first-person journal entries from Alice's sister who's miserable and bitter about being infertile and letters Alice's "honorary" grandmother writes to a man from her past. I felt like these bits could have easily been excised and would have rather the story had stayed in Alice's lane rather than veering off into the other character's stories. I'm just not a fan of jumping back and forth between third-person and first-person point of views. It disturbs the flow of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to be both entertaining and thought-provoking. I believe it would appeal to fans of Women's Fic.