Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books, 2011; Penguin Audio, 2011
Summary/Review: After taking a tumble off a spinning bike and being knocked unconscious, Alice Love awakes thinking it’s 1998 and that she’s 29 expecting her first child. What a shock it is when she’s told it’s a decade later and she’s pushing 40 with three kids.
Unable to recall the last ten years of her life, Alice is surprised to find out that she’s one of those do-it-all moms who is involved in tons of school activities, incredibly organized, and totally fit. Unfortunately she’s so focused on her life that she has little regard for those around her (and quite frankly, she’s not such a nice person). Even harder to grasp—she’s separated from her husband Nick. Once the perfect couple, she can’t comprehend what could have caused them to lose their love for each other.
As names of people are mentioned and flashes of memories come into Alice’s mind, she is unable to place them. Caught between her younger simpler self and her older supercharged self, she has to examine the fragments of her life to determine who she really is and what is most important to her.
Alice’s sister and grandmother not only provide commentary on what is happening but also reveal heart-felt stories of their own.
Who will like this book: Anyone who enjoys trying to figure out the pieces to put the whole story together.
If you like this, try this: Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, also by the author.
Recommended by: Sharyn, Circulation
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