What Alice Forgot (Paperback)
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DescriptionLiane Moriarty, top ten bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, imagines losing the most important ten years of your life in What Alice Forgot. Alice is twenty-nine. She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house. She's newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby. There's just one problem. All of that was ten years ago...Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade. Now she's a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her. This is her life but not as she knows it. Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes. Just how much can happen in a decade? Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be? "Gripping, thought-provoking and funny". (Marie Claire). "The perfect holiday read". (She). "A call to embrace life". (Easy Living). Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of five novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and most recently the top ten bestseller The Husband's Secret, as well as the Space Brigade series for children. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son.
- Published: 02 January 2014
- Format: Paperback 528 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780141043760 ISBN 10: 0141043768
- Sales rank: 1,061
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Reviews for What Alice Forgot
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Often funny, occasionally sad and totally captivating.
What Alice Forgot is the third novel by popular Australian author, Liane Moriarty. When Alice Love wakes from a strange dream on the floor of the gym, she has a terrible headache, and she's a bit worried about her unborn baby. It's 1998 and her first child is due in 1999. Except that everyone is telling her it is 2008, John Howard is not the Prime Minister and she is in the throes of an acrimonious divorce from her husband, Nick. That nasty knock on the head when she fell during her Friday step class has caused her to lose the last ten years of her life. As she gradually pieces together the basics of the last ten years, she discovers that 29-year-old Alice, sweet, innocent, funny, sometimes a bit silly and hopelessly in love with Nick has evolved into 39-year-old Alice, busy, bossy, occasionally bitchy, with an acerbic voice, who can't stand the sight of her husband. She has three children whom she doesn't recognise, goes to the gym (no way!) and eats healthy food. Her friends are similarly gossipy, bitchy school mums. Something's gone wrong with her sister Elisabeth and her mother had remarried. The intriguing mystery of what Alice forgot is carried by three voices: a third-person narrative gives Alice's point of view; a first-person narrative (in the form of a journal prescribed by her therapist) details Elisabeth's observations; and a computer blog offers "grandmother" Frannie's take on events. Moriarty's characters are those you meet at the P&C or the gym; her dialogue is what you hear in the supermarket of the cafe; and the plot is completely credible, with a plethora of occurrences from everyday life. This uplifting novel touches on infertility, adoption, raising children, therapy, divorce, work-life balance, family relationships and trying again. Often funny, occasionally sad and totally captivating. by Marianne Vincent
I loved this book, from start to finish. Being an Australian and living on the north side of Sydney for part of my life it was so easy to relate to the writer and the story she was telling. I felt like a part of the story and that I really knew the characters. A great book to read for anyone and would thoroughly recommend it to everyone. by Alana