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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot

by Liane Moriarty

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I am truly besotted with Liane Moriarty's books. She comes up with unexpected story lines and keeps you guessing until the very end. As with all of her books, I loved the dialogue in "What Alice Forgot" - it just seems very realistic. I laughed out loud a few times, which is something that rarely happens - I really appreciate that. Secondary story lines involving the main character's sister and "grandmother" seemed extraneous and perplexing during the early part of the book, but they all tied together at the end in a heartwarming fashion. Loved this book! ( )
  flourgirl49 | Sep 4, 2014 |
Not as good as I'd hoped, but an interesting read. If you woke up not remembering the past ten years, would you be happy or sad to have missed them? ( )
  busyreadin | Aug 12, 2014 |
I really liked this one. Wonderful reader. Great Australian accent. Very upbeat. The premise really got me thinking. What would I think if I had lost 10 years of memories. I liked the general atmosphere, the characters, the premise and the writing style. I was very appreciative of the epilogue. I liked the ending and I felt it was realistic. ( )
  njcur | Jul 12, 2014 |
Well, I quite enjoyed this. Alice knocks her head and loses a decade of memory including inconvenient facts like she is now the mother of 3 children she cannot remember. From here the story winds around Alice's confusion and her many discoveries. It is, naturally, quite funny in spots.

Moriarty weaves in two other stories by way of Elisabeth's journal and Frannie's letters. These feel like diversions sometime, although clearly they help to explain some things as you go along. However I tended to get a bit bored and frustrated with them and wanted to get back to the central plot.

Likewise at the end of the novel which could have finished a few chapters sooner and have been no less, and perhaps more, satisfying.

A good book. Just needed a bit more editing. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jul 4, 2014 |
alrighty...i have dance on the brain right now so bear with me. there is an expression in dance about wanting a dancer to get 'more into the ground' - you want them planted, connected, really pushing into the floor. there's an element of grittiness that goes with this too - but the movement can still be elegant and moving. i wanted this read to get more into the ground, and it just didn't get there for me. there were parts of the story i liked, and parts that intrigued me, but moriarty just didn't get messy or raw enough with it for me (even thought there is a whole lot of mess going on in the story), and it all ended up too neat and tidy. ( )
  DawsonOakes | Jun 29, 2014 |
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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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