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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399157189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157189
  • ASIN: 0399157182
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #406,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A funny, thought-provoking, acutely observed romantic comedy Marie Claire A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer Women's Weekly The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of two novels, Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary, both of which were published around the world and translated into seven languages. She is also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children. Moriarty lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Frappier TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 10 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I really really REALLY liked this book. I loved how you are thrown right into the situation, and just as the story of Alice's life is unraveling for her, it unravels for the reader as well. Liane Moriarty was able to keep me on my toes - plus she was able to show all the characters the way people are: flawed. I thought this was a great concept that was carried out beautifully. I also liked how the gaps were filled in when Alice did get her memory back. I thought that following both Elizabeth and Frannie’s storylines were great too. And I’m happy that Moriarty didn’t give us Gina’s point of view – I think that would have taken away from the story somewhat. Plus I LOVED the children – they were hilarious. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 12 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I should know better not to pick up a Liane Moriarty book so late in the day, because here I am at 12 AM wired from reading at breakneck speed. What Alice Forgot is like being on a speeding train, you are careening on a twisty, windy track, not knowing exactly where she is going. The ride is awesome! Alice is a 39 year old stay at home mom, who has hit her head and lost ten years of her life. With brilliant precision, Moriarty unveils Alice's life slowly in a seductive dance, so the reader thinks they know exactly what happened, but realizes they have no idea. Everything is broken in her life, her marriage, each relationship is strained with no explanation to the woman who can only remember life before happiness dissolved into bitterness. This book was profound, one that we have to think about.
Just today, my family and I happened to watch fifteen year old videos, and we stared slack jawed with shock, wondering where the fresh faced, happy, and hopeful people in the videos went. Illness, work, disappointment, worry change the landscape of our lives in an insidious, devious way, leaving us to wonder what happened to our lives, while we were living it?. Great book, a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelsi on May 25 2015
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it was a lighthearted read that kept my interest. On the other, I found myself a bit annoyed with the characterizations. Without giving anything away some things that bothered me in this novel were: the young daughter pretends to be a nurse while the son talks about being a surgeon, Alice's husband is turned on by a photo of her wearing a Catholic school uniform when she was a younger girl, Elisabeth thinks women breastfeeding their baby in public has become a bit much, and many women in this novel are described as being either catty, gossipy, shallow, or an airhead. I know not everyone will be put off with these kinds of things, but I definitely was. I would not purchase this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biblio-nut on Feb. 26 2015
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This book is hard to put down so clear your schedule before you pick it up. The premise is intriguing - what if you could go back 10 years in time and view yourself through that lens? Would you like what you saw? Chances are that you might not but Alice is given the unique opportunity to change the present. The secondary characters - especially the children - are well-developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NadiaLK on July 12 2010
I love Liane Moriarty, she is one of my favourite writers. My only disappointment with this book is that it reminded me too much of Sophie Kinsella's "Remember Me?". Although it was much deeper and thorough! It really led me to think about the choices I'd made, and what we would do differently if we had our time again. I'd recommend all three of her books to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zoe17 on March 10 2015
Format: Paperback
What Alice Forgot is the first book I ever read by Liane Moriarty. I liked it a lot, so much in fact that I reread it one year later and enjoyed it just as much. It is very well written, with the right balance of pathos and humour. Alice's "discovery" of her three intriguing children in particular is both hilarious and heartbreaking.
Definitely recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This is not the first book I've read about memory loss, but so far it is the best. The characters are well developed and believable and the plot moves along nicely. The readers gain insight into Alice's past as she starts to remember but also get glimpses into the lives of other characters through letters written by them. The writer handles uncomfortable subjects such as miscarriage sensitively yet there is an underlying sense of humour running through the book. A most enjoyable read.
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Format: Hardcover
Strange that I have read two 'memory loss' books in the last month. "What Alice Forgot" and "Before I Go to Sleep". And I devoured both in two day sittings. Neither is "50 First Dates" as some have said nor "Groundhog Day". Both have characters who struggled albeit in different ways. Both have suspense- subdued in the former and palpable in the latter. Both absorbing.
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