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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
A potential down side for me was the that the number of significant people in the story was almost too many for me to remember who each was. Occasionally I kept notes. In the end it didn't matter. All the characters seemed very real, and different from each other - from quiet to brash, gutsy, understanding, angry, second-guessing, sorrowful, and/or joyful - all the emotions most of us sort through within our lives. This story takes place during a few months' time. The book also has a mysterious component: will Alice regain her memory? If so, who will she choose as her lover? At the same time, it is also family - oriented while showing so many different kinds of people.