What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

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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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2012
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780451490445
9780425247440
Branch Call Number: FIC Moriarty L
Characteristics: 488 pages ; 21 cm

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stefaniet
Oct 11, 2020

Loved it! I had been in a bit of a reading rut so it was so refreshing to read a book I actually enjoyed again.

This book really had me assess myself and look back on the past to see how much I've changed (good or bad) and how people in my life 10 years ago would view me now.

I almost completely hated the ending of the book (I still wish it had gone a little smoother) but the epilogue really tied it all together and made it okay. I do think the book was a bit long for the ending to be as choppy as it was.

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lmeyrueix4
Apr 22, 2020

I never expect to enjoy Liane Moriarty’s stories so much. I have to admit that I always go in with a biased opinion of her books, mainly due to the topic — I just can’t imagine a story of “family life” to be so riveting.

But Liane Moriarty spins a narrative that is so compelling even if the storyline appears to lack extravagance or thrill.

What Alice Forgot is a story meant to make you realize that everything in life is based on perspective, and your perspective on things is ever-changing. The perspective you have today will differ from the perspective you had even a year ago. Your experiences throughout your life mold and shape you, and although you may remain the same person at the core, you are molded over time to view things differently. Let’s also never forget one of the few truths in life — THINGS CHANGE.

Through this novel, Moriarty is able to make us consider the importance of perspective by spinning a story where the main character, Alice, forgets the past ten years of her life. Using this framework of a narrative, she is able to make you question your own life and consider what are the things that are truly important?

I do appreciate the happy ending that comes with this book. I feel it is important with these sort of stories to end on an optimistic point of sorts. Mainly so that we, the reader, can practice realizing that turmoil does not always have to end badly.

“The only thing in life that is constant is change” — Heraclitus

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lozza1401
Dec 10, 2019

Love it! Great summer read.

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kvanmooresma
Oct 29, 2019

This book made me want to throw it across the room many, many times. If the characters would just TALK TO EACH OTHER, 95% of the drama could be avoided. (Of course, I guess that would kind of kill most of the book, so...).

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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Book Club selection.

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 06, 2019

It’s hard to rate this book. There were some really good parts and some not-so-great parts. For instance, I was losing my patience with the droning of Alice not having her memory, but then it got rather interesting and the story developed.
The end simply see-saws all over the place. It’s a somewhat interesting and blasé read.

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writermala
Mar 26, 2019

Liane Moriarty has come out with a Winner in "What Alice Forgot." Alice love falls on a gym floor in what seems to be an innocuous fall but turns out to make her lose 10 years of her life. Thus she goes from being a 39 year old separated mother of three to a 29 year old, deeply in love with her husband and pregnant with their first child. The plot is intriguing and one wonders whether Alice will get back with her first love, Nick. To keep the plot lively we also hear about Alice's sister's misadventures and her mother's marriage. Also, telling a tale is Frannie who writes detailed letters to Phil. All in all Moriarty sketches Alice's story well as when she says, "It was extraordinary the way her body knew how to do things - the mobile phone, the make-up, the lock - without her mind remembering her ever having done them before." That about sums it up.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

And that's when Ben said, "Lots of children must have lost their parents." He said it solemnly, but also with a definite hint of cheer. As in, hey, how handy! Lots of dead parents! Lots of spare kids up for grabs! Maybe a cute violin player is crawling out of the rubble right now.
- Page 243

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

"Good luck," said the nurse as I left.
She's the one who always says "Good luck." In a sort of patronizing way.
"Oh, f**k off with your good luck," I said, and punched her in the nose.
- Page 265

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Ben's mum is probably right when she says "Nature knows best." Nature knows that I would make a terrible mother. Each time I get pregnant, Nature says, "Actually, this kid would be better off dead than having a mother like her.
- Page 253

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

The Caesar salad wasn’t very nice. A lackluster attempt. Wilted lettuce. Stale croutons. Very disappointing. Like life.

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Nov 11, 2018

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Sexual Content: Kissing, flirting, and talk of condoms, divorce, boyfriends/girlfriends, affairs, and infertility. A couple of instances of sex, although these are memories are not described.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Coarse Language: A few uses of f**k and variants, motherf**king, and b**ch. One or two uses of sh**. Frequent taking the Lord's name in vain.

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