- 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 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8,005 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Alice's story is told in third person, but there are two other characters who write their own first-person account of the situation. The other characters' accounts are interesting but mostly help to break up the monotony of Alice's constant confusion.
Unfortunately, the author doesn't quite seem to know how to wrap things up. Does Alice regain her memories? Does she figure out how to move on with 10 years of her life missing? Will the husband re-fall in love with the new Alice? Will she hate him of she ever regains her memories?
The author had the opportunity to give Alice depth and dimension, especially at the end, but I got the sense that she was coming to the end of some pre-determined page count and had to wrap up the story quickly. It's really too bad. The writing was zippy and easy beeezy. But the end was sudden - and then completely invalidated by the epilogue.
I like chick lit as much as the next gal and but the ending left me disappointed.
All of these questions are ultimately answered, but the book takes a very long time getting there! In addition to the central story, there are multiple extended intertwining story lines that I found somewhat uninteresting and unnecessary to the plot. I have read two other Liane Moriarty books that were much better; Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret. I highly recommend those above this one.
I really enjoyed this book, it was well paced and Liane Moriarty has a real gift for unfolding and developing her characters. Her funny observations on the hectic life of a Sydney school mum were spot on, as are the nuances of how a marriage can crumble from blissful, optimism to disdainful resentment over the years. This book was by turns funny and poignant - it highlighted how much people change, not always for the better, between age 30 and 40, and had me hooked as Alice slowly fills in the blanks of the last ten years and gets her memory back. Enjoyable, engaging and a little thought provoking too.