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What Alice Forgot

by Liane Moriarty

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Hard work in parts. Like, serious hard work.

I appreciated the underlying stories, life lessons and morals in What Alice Forgot, but it took so long to get to that point, that frankly, I just don't care as much as I should.

Does this make me a bad person? ( )
  LaurenKathryn | Mar 31, 2014 |
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I've had it on my reading list for ages and finally got to it, just to find it wasn't as spectacular as I'd hoped or imagined. Alice, after she lost her memory and thought she was twenty-nine and pregnant for the first time, was a sweet character. Her story was written in third person, but the author didn't take advantage of that "all knowing" style of writing, everything was shown as Alice perceived it. Interspersed in Alice's story, there were diary entries from Elisabeth, Alice's sister made to a psychiatrist, Dr. Hodges; as well as letters to an old beau written by Frannie, their adopted grandmother. These didn't add to the narrative at all, and would have made Alice's story flow better if just left out.

For me, What Alice Forgot was just an ok book. There are some really good moments with the children as she tires to learn to relate to these little people she doesn't remember. There are good lessons to be learned about moderation, in life, in family, in friendship. ( )
  NCRainstorm | Mar 31, 2014 |
I just finished “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty. It’s the story of a woman who bumps her head at the health club and loses the last 10 years of her memory. She remembers nothing from the time she is 29 until now (when she is 39). She was happily married and newly pregnant and now comes to after a concussion to discover she has three children, a husband that she is not on good speaking terms, and lots of other changes in her life.

This book is written about three topics and by three characters. Alice (coming to grips with waking up in a new decade with a new life), Alice’s Sister Elisabeth (struggling with fertility issues) and Frannie (a senior writing letters to a gentleman friend).

This was an easy read (not too deep) but definitely enjoyable. ( )
  laona | Mar 25, 2014 |
Cut above women's fiction. Complex characters, suspense and emotional connection made for a great read. ( )
  ccayne | Feb 23, 2014 |
Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What's more, she's looking forward to the birth of the 'Sultana' - her first baby.

But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone's telling her she's misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she's his worst enemy. What's more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her either. And who is this 'Gina'everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn't sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn't have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband for ever?
  AhalyaLiteraryAngels | Dec 22, 2013 |
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Twenty-nine-year-old Alice Love is pregnant with her first child, adores her husband, Nick, and has never set foot inside a spinning studio. Thirty-nine-year-old Alice Love suffers a sudden fall in her Friday spin class, wakes up with a splitting headache, and finds out she has three children and is in the middle of custody proceedings. Without any concrete memories of the past 10 years, Alice tries to figure out how her free-spirited 29-year-old self became a volunteer-coordinating, spin-class-attending 39-year-old woman. What Alice Forgot is an often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery.
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Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.

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