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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
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Oct 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club-the-glg, chick-lit, ebook-kindle, 2011

Interesting side note, this was my first time reading a book by an Australian author within the first few pages, I’d mistaken Ms.Moriarty for an English author. That doesn’t really matter, but I thought it was interesting to note that tidbit. Getting back on topic, this book was very good. It had a somewhat slow start, but once Alice left the hospital, the rollercoaster ride really began. This book contained some very deep situations and prompted me to stop and think “What if I forgot 10 years of my life?” Who would I be, what relationships would I think still existed or not existed…very intriguing.

I was saddened by the state of the relationships in Alice’s life. Her drifted relationship with her sister Elizabeth, her broken marriage with Nick, her damaged kids (especially the eldest child), her deceased best friend. Along with that memory loss she also lost remembering her children, giving birth to them, important things that nobody should forget. That’s life I guess. Messy and wonderful all at the same time. I thought the excerpts where her sister writes to her therapist gave an awesome way for us to see Alice’s life from a little different perspective. And because Alice doesn’t know who she is now, we need all the perspectives we can get. Her “adopted” grandmother, Fannie, writing to her dead fiancé was also interesting. At first, I didn’t get the connection between them right away, but it was clear a little later on once it was explained how Fannie came into their lives.

Alice grew a lot as a person from her memory loss and it made her better. I was very satisfied with the ending. After all of the drama, it was a relief to get a realistic, yet happy ending.
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Holli Litchfield I thought the SAME EXACT thing about the writing style.. Excited to read an Australian author and then second guessing "maybe that was a different book i wanted with an Australian author.. This one is English!" ..like you said it doesn't matter but I had the same thought process!

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