What Alice Forgot is a book about an Australian middle-aged woman who bonks her head and loses all of her memory from the past ten years. It’s also about her sister, struggling with infertility, and her grandma who can’t let go of the past.
The characters were all very relatable. It did take me awhile to warm up to Alice – she seemed so flippant and “gauzy” in the beginning of the book, but now I know that was intentional and added to the ambiance of the book. I felt immediately protective of her sister, considering I’ve been through a similar journey. The rest of the characters we all well developed and I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends when the book ended.
I have previously read one other book by Liane Moriarty; the Hypnotist’s Love Story, and I have one other book of hers on my to-read list; Big Little Lies. I can’t say I cared much for the Hypnotist, but I genuinely enjoyed What Alice Forgot and had trouble putting it down. And days after it’s ended, I am still finding myself reflecting on it.
As I mentioned, I went through a similar journey as the sister in this book. I had miscarriage after miscarriage and was in a dark place toward the end. We ended up adopting – so there is a happy ending there, but there were so many similarities between her story and mine, it felt very authentic. Maybe even more so than the main character’s reaction to what was happening to her. (I simply would not be left alone for an overnight stay in an unfamiliar place with three children I didn’t know before I had had children of my own.)
There were parts of this book that made me cry because it brought back the raw feelings of my own fertility struggles. Other parts had me giggling ‘till my husband looked at me sideways. I enjoyed the setting and the scenes were very easy to imagine as I was working my through the story. It was an comfortable read and I am looking forward to reading some more of Liane’s work.
If you’re looking for a mostly fun story with a bit of real-life tossed in or you’re struggling in a relationship, this might be a book you’d enjoy. In a nutshell, I think this book is about looking at the whole picture and not getting bogged down in the everyday of life. Reflection, in a word – of what was and where you are now.
My Favorite Quotes From the Book:
“Yes. Absolutely. Of course I would. No question. I would go through it all again, every needle, every loss, every raging hormone, every heartbreaking second, to be here right now, with my beautiful daughter sleeping beside me.”
“Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But love after three children, after a separation and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best—well, that sort of a love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.”
Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies. She is now a full-time author. She has sold over 14 million copies of her books worldwide and her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages. Learn more at:
It is rumored that they will be making this book into a movie in the spring of 2020 with Jennifer Aniston playing Alice! I can’t wait! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know below.
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