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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
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Jul 01, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

"What Alice Forgot" by Liane Moriarty is a charming book about a woman who takes a fall at the gym and forgets the last ten years of her life.

Conveniently (or not) she forgets that she and her husband are embroiled in a nasty divorce. She forgets that she has children (her last memory was of being pregnant with her oldest).

Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing a different person (well, a thinner, fitter person with lots more wrinkles). That's what happens to Alice. The past ten years have simply disappeared.

The story is well written and the reader is really rooting for the new, kinder, softer Alice while learning about the harder, more cynical person Alice has become in the last ten years. It's a fairly quick read, although that's not to say it's a light book. It's both enjoyable and quite profound.

The story takes place in Australia, and thankfully the editors did not edit out the "Australian" bits of language that make it different from American English. The story seems more authentic, and it serves to show that marriage -- and family -- are the same the world over.

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