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What Alice Forgot [Hardcover]

Liane Moriarty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

June 7 2011
What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.


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“Funny and knowing… [about] what we choose to remember, and fight to forget.” —O magazine


“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)



“The affecting tale of Alice’s chance for a ten-year do-over.”—The New York Times





“Grabbed me on the first page…a deep and wondrous novel.” —Luanne Rice








“I loved this book. It has, for me, everything that makes a good novel excellent.” —Jeanne Ray



“Heartfelt, witty, and thought-provoking…a story you’ll remember.” —Jennifer Crusie





“Highly addictive.” —She Magazine (UK; Book of the Month)


“I loved this original read.” —The Sun (UK)


 “Funny and captivating.” —Closer (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


“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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars great page-turner! April 10 2014
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! May 16 2014
By Nutmeg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Funny, charming, great story and great characters. A solid reminder of how much our lives change in a relatively short period of time. Will read more of her books for sure!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable chick lit plus Aug. 20 2012
By Cee Ess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I would classify this as chick lit plus, meaning that it has a little more cerebral power through it's thoughtful, well connected storyline, while maintaining a "cute" and easy reading quality.

It's about super-momzilla Alice who bonks her bean at spin class. He life spins out of control for several days while she deals with all the things she has forgotten including three kids and a pending divorce. Laced with comic relief and bits of grief, the story is made more interesting by weaving in the voices of her practical grandma and distraught sister. The writer transitions her chapters well and although it gets a little predicatable at the end, she has a written a charming story with memorable characters. This books gives us a douse of reality check that we could use - how do we let good things go off the rails?
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written and enjoyable all the way to the end June 25 2012
By Neko
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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