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What Alice Forgot Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
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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.
It opens at the gym where Alice has just fallen off her spin bike and hit her head. Everything is confusing to her when she regains consciousness. Her friend Jane is with her and Alice asks Jane where she is. Jane says, “At the gym for Friday spin class.” Alice snorts skeptically and says there must be some kind of mistake, she hates the gym.
The mystery deepens as she keeps enduring one shock after another. It is not 1998 as she believes, but 2008. She is in the middle of a nasty divorce from the love of her life. She has three children that she doesn’t remember at all.
The biggest mystery is what has happened with her marriage to Nick. How could they have gotten to this point? They were so good together. He was the first man that really “got” her, really understood her and her sense of humor. They had a wonderful relationship. She remembers him promising her, in the early years of their marriage, that if anything went wrong, he would move heaven and earth to fix it. Has he forgotten his promise? What happened over the last ten years that was so terrible that they got to this point?
The book is wonderfully written and I enjoyed it right until the end. And I loved the ending as the author gives Alice exactly what the readers want. My only criticism would be wanting to reach into the book and physically strangle these characters who have answers for Alice but won’t seem to just be straight with her and tell her what she doesn’t remember. I guess the author was trying to prolong the mystery, but if this happened to me, I would be screaming at everyone around me to JUST TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON!
Then things become more confusing. Her doctor retired three years ago, Nick isn't coming and as shock piles on shock, she finds that she can't remember the last ten years. It becomes a mystery for her to solve. Who is this strange Alice that's so different from herself. What happened with Nick?
I liked the way Alice's thoughts and feelings were explored, while her honorary Grandmother interspersed letters to her friend, and Alice's sister Elizabeth wrote in a journal for her therapist. This was tricky but handled skillfully. Recommended read.