What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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22 Critic Reviews

Moriarty handles the two Alice consciousnesses with finesse and also delves into infertility issues through Elizabeth’s diary. Cheerfully engaging.
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Husband's Secret...

A “cheerfully engaging”* novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…


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About Liane Moriarty

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Liane Moriarty is the author of two previous novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which have been published around the world and translated into seven languages. Also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children, she lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.
 
Published January 1, 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australian Pty. Limited. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 22 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Apr 04 2011

Moriarty handles the two Alice consciousnesses with finesse and also delves into infertility issues through Elizabeth’s diary. Cheerfully engaging.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 26 2016

Alice's journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 25 2016

Alice's journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Sunita on May 26 2016

There is an epilogue which adds more icing to the confectionery cake, with maybe one surprise in it. HEAs all around. I was just relieved it was over.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Katie Pullen on Jun 01 2010

I can only implore you to read this book, it has so much going for it, and although it is serious at times, it is also full of laughs and surprises, and even the cover is beautiful. But do savour every page because I'm sure like me you'll wish you hadn't read it so quickly.

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The Boston Globe

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Harris on Mar 02 2014

The author does a fine job of exposing the reader to the ins and outs of amnesia. But I think the novel is at its best when illuminating the estrangement of Alice and her older sister Elizabeth, who resents Alice’s insensitivity to her infertility.

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Patheos

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Frech on Apr 15 2015

I loved this book. I loved it so much that I begged friends to read it, and even bought one a copy, just so that I could have someone to talk about it with. It was a wonderful fast read that left me deep in thought and re-examining much of my life.

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BlogHer

Good
on Nov 26 2016

I think the key to success with this book is that it doesn't try to play the amnesia bit for laughs. Never once does it feel gimmicky. The whole premise worked really well for me.

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Wired

Good
Reviewed by Chaos Mandy on Jun 05 2012

I would recommend What Alice Forgot to anyone. It is an engaging book with interesting characters and an intriguing premise.

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Persephone Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Sally J. Freedman on Jan 24 2012

i cannot imagine losing these past ten years of my life, I just can’t. That, I think, is what sucked me into this book. The idea of looking at your husband or your sister and not knowing what’s come to pass between you (because, clearly, by their behavior, something has come to pass) is fascinating.

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Destination Wake Forest

Good
Reviewed by Sally J. Freedman on Mar 22 2012

I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction and especially to anyone whose life has changed a great deal in the last decade. It’s fascinating to think of how you would react to losing those 10 years of memories.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on Jun 14 2011

I thought WHAT ALICE FORGOT was a terrific novel and I highly recommend it. It's an entertaining story that might also make you think about your life. Don't miss it!

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 02 2011

I really enjoyed What Alice Forgot and appreciated how different it was. It isn’t your typical woman-gets-amnesia, realizes-she’s-horrible, mends-her-ways novel; instead, Moriarty presents a carefully crafted and moving portrait of one woman struggling to understand who she is.

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth F on Jun 10 2011

Beneath the Hollywood-like premise, though, Moriarty explores deeper themes, such as infertility, infidelity, friendship, parenthood, and family. What Alice Forgot may be a light, fast read on one level, but it will also make you think about your own life and what you may have forgotten, even without the amnesia.

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Chick Lit Central

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jun 11 2011

I was completely drawn into the story from the very first page and it didn't let go of me, even as I finished.

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You've GOTTA Read This

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy Nawrot on Aug 16 2011

But I think most of all, it was the topics addressed, and the thought-provoking questions it asks the reader. How much of our identities rely upon having children?

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Good Book Fairy

Good
Reviewed by MIRIAM DOWNEY on Nov 27 2016

What Alice Forgot reminds us of simpler times as well as the importance and beauty of playtime vs. over scheduling. This was a highly enjoyable, light read.

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So many books, so little time

Good
on Apr 18 2014

I couldn't put this book down, I had to know what was happening, where Alice would end up, what would she found out and does she ever get her memory back. The few last chapters were a little up and down for me but overall I thought it was a great wee read and would pursue this authors other books...

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Raging Bibliomania

Good
Reviewed by Zibilee on Oct 10 2011

This is the type of book that will make its reader stop and ask questions, which is something I’ve heard a lot of other reviewers say as well. It will engage your mind and your heart as you go careening along with Alice as she rediscovers herself and the life that’s now so alien to her.

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http://onabookbender.com

Good
Reviewed by Beth on Sep 23 2015

I had so many questions while reading this book and I was getting stressed because I didn’t know if I would get answers or when. It was stressful. It was exciting. I had so much fun with this book.

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Chachic's Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Chachic on May 19 2011

I highly recommend this to fans of women’s fiction and readers who like their chick lit with more depth and with a lot of heart.

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Book Finds

Excellent
Reviewed by BOOKFINDS on Aug 16 2011

Alice wakes up to find that she has become a person she no longer recognizes, it is now up to her to find out where things went wrong and to see if she can change what she seems to have forgotten. I loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough. A great read!

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