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What Alice Forgot Paperback – Large Print, 17 February 2015
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- Publisher : Large Print Press; Large type / Large print edition (17 February 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 627 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594138516
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594138515
- Dimensions : 13.72 x 3.3 x 21.34 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 72,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking...a story you'll remember." --Jennifer Crusie
"I loved this book. It has, for me, everything that makes a good novel excellent." --Jeanne Ray
"The affecting tale of Alice's chance for a ten-year do-over."--"The New York Times
"The gripping story of a woman who wakes up with a bump on her head and no knowledge of the past ten years...an acutely observed romantic comedy that is both thought-provoking and funny."--"Marie Claire "(UK)
"Winning...well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery." --"Booklist"
"Funny and captivating." --"Closer "(UK)
"Funny and knowing... [about] what we choose to remember, and fight to forget." --"O magazine"
"Highly addictive." --"She "Magazine (UK; Book of the Month)
"I loved this original read." --"The Sun" (UK)
"Moriarity makes this more than just a one-note story, weaving in a plotline involving Alice's childless sister... intriguing... will keep readers guessing and curious to know more about Alice." --"Library Journal"
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Without any spoilers, let me just say, this story was an eye opener about how we transform as people with each new age. The transformation is gradual, with each new happiness, excitment, heartbreak, etc and it isn't until we compare ourselves to a younger, more naive version of ourselves that we see andunderstand our own remodelling. This was a nice reminder to be mindful of who we were, and who we may still become.
An easy read from beginning to end. Simply lovely.
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The main character is Alice, a 39-year old mother of three in the middle of a divorce, as she wakes up on the floor of her gym having fainted and fallen off her spinning bike. We quickly gather that Alice believes that she is 29-years-old, happily married and pregnant with her first child. It appears that Alice has had a bump on the head and has lost the last ten years of her life.
We then follow Alice as she struggles to understand what her life has become. Past relationships are gone or broken and she doesn’t recognise the person that everyone around her thinks that she is. Alice, her sister Elisabeth and Grandma Frannie are women all experiencing troubles, some more serious than others and it was interesting to get their take on things as they alternate chapters.
The story is revealed to us at the same time as it’s revealed to Alice which is interesting. The book is told in third-person, which I wasn't expecting, but it works well so it wasn't a problem. It's all from Alice's point of view but as well as the usual narrative, there are also diary/journal type entries from Elisabeth which confused me at first but soon makes sense, as well as blog entries from Frannie.
I enjoyed the book overall, although I think that Frannies diaries could have been left out and not be missed. The writing style took a bit of getting used to but was fine after a while. Some parts of the story were not quite believe but I did believe the characters and character interaction. Some of the scenes between Alice and her soon to be ex-husband were powerful, you could feel their connection and I felt for Alice as she understood what she had lost.
I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty's work and this was no exception. With three different perspective's: Alice's; her sister Elizabeth; and her grandmother Frannie; written in different styles: Alice's is actually the narration; Elizabeth's is letters to her doctor; and Frannie's is a blog entry to her fans; this book is a breath of fresh air against everything else you have read this year. She writes compelling stories that drags you in with every word that she writes. Moriarty's worlds are addictive and can have you completing a story in a matter of days.
My only downfall with this book was that maybe the epilogue was not necessary. Did we really need to know if Alice ended up with the ex-husband or the headteacher? However, I do believe that if we had not found out then maybe some people would have complained about that too. Moriarty found herself in a win-lose situation with that area but despite feeling like it was not necessary, I did finish reading the book with a massive smile on my face.
So not only did this book affirm my love of Liane Moriarty but it also made me get the rest of her books out of the library. How many books have seduced you like that this year?
I do think more could have been done with the children, particularly considering the signs of serious psychological distress shown by one of them. As it stands they were more like 2D cut outs of children without allowing the reader to become attached to them. This is a shame because there are some powerful moments that could really have defined the novel if done better.
I also felt the whole Gina thing was overplayed; it was a life changing event but it's almost as if the novel is determined to hit you in the face with a shovel about it. Gina, Gina, Gina... it all comes back to Gina. It honestly wouldn't have surprised me to discover that Alice was having an affair with Gina. Not in the slightest. Considering how true to life the author has managed to make everything else, it seems strange that in this aspect there was a complete lack of subtlety.
This would probably be a 3.5 star book if I could award half stars. But the fact that it really did tug on my heartstrings means I am going to have to round up rather than down.