What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty is a novel that really makes you sit back and think and I love that in a book. Alice is at the gym doing her spinning workout when she faints and falls off her bike hitting her head. When she wakes up, it’s too find that she’s lost ten years of her life! In her mind, she is still 29 years old and pregnant with her first child, and yet she learns that she’s actually about to celebrate her thirty-ninth birthday! Just what is going on – well Alice has no idea – yet! What will Alice think of her grown up self, how will she handle all the changes that have happened around her, and ultimately what will she learn from all of it?
At the hospital Alice is in for yet more surprises. Her sister Elisabeth shows up at the hospital and Alice notices how old and tired she looks. She also realizes that their relationship doesn’t seem to be quite what she knows it to be. Even worse Alice learns that she is, in fact, not pregnant, but already the mother of three children and to top it off, they are three children that Alice doesn’t remember at all. She doesn’t remember having them, them growing up; absolutely nothing and this terrifies her. However, the worst is still coming. As Alice is laying there wishing her husband Nick would come because he’d know what to do, she learns from her sister that they are getting divorced and that they are not exactly having a very pleasant divorce either. Alice is stunned! She loves Nick with all of her being. Who is this person she’s become?
At home Alice is thrown into caring for her children that she can’t remember and being amazed at the wonderful changes her home in her home. She finds out that she has a boyfriend too which is just too much for her. She can’t have a boyfriend when she loves her husband Nick so much but meeting Nick shows Alice just how many changes their relationship has gone through. As Alice navigates this new world of school events, mommy’s groups, personal trainers, and even cell phones; she learns that she doesn’t really like the person she has become. She seems to have become this busy, busy person with no time left for the things that really matter and goodness – why is there no chocolate in the house! As bits and pieces of Alice’s memory begin to come back to her she has to make some decisions about her future and the person she wants to be in it.
What Alice Forgot is so much more than a woman losing her memory. It’s much deeper than that tackling issues of marriage, infertility, children, infidelity, love, and family. If you could go back ten years in your life and look ahead, would you be happy with the person you’ve become? Are you the person you would have wanted to be? I think as we’re living our day-to-day lives we really don’t think about all the changes that are occurring but if you really stop and look back you realize that you were very likely a much different person ten years ago than you are today. That’s what this novel does for us – it lets us take a look back and evaluate who we are today and whether or not we’re very happy with who we’ve become. Maybe it even gives us a chance to make some changes to our own lives to make it better.
What Alice Forgot makes a terrific book club selection which is exactly why my book club chose to read it and we all loved it! It’s a book that you’ll not want to put down as you anxiously make it to that last page when the story is completely unfolded before you. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty definitely makes my favorites list this year and I would recommend it without hesitation!
Originally published by me at Book Trib as part of the Review Crew. My copy of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty was purchased by yours truly.