From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and new novel Nine Perfect Strangers.
When Alice Love surfaces from a strange dream to find she's been injured in a gym, her first concern is for her unborn baby. She's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.
But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't rushing to her bedside. She is a mother of three going through a bitter divorce.
Alice has lost ten years of her life - and she wants them back.
PRAISE FOR WHAT ALICE FORGOT
"What [Moriarty] writes are acute social comedies of the feminine, where the domestic is more political than cosy... Technically this premise is a challenge, which Moriarty makes appear effortless... Great stuff" The Age
"A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer, whose light touch doesn't stop her exploring darker themes, such as infertility and the sad erosion of a once radiant love." Women's Weekly
"An intruiging exploration of how people change... Alice's amnesia is skilfully usd and like a detective, she must piece together the details of a life she cannot remember." Sun Herald
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If your past self could experience your present life, would she be thrilled—or disappointed? In Liane Moriarty’s giddy bestseller, a soon-to-be-divorced mom of three hits her head and wakes up having mentally regressed 10 years, to when she was happily married and pregnant with her first child. Moriarty (who went on to write Big Little Lies) proves she’s brilliant at plumbing the complex psyches of women and the tensions in their relationships. What Alice Forgot explores how cynicism, ambition and emotional baggage can make a person lose sight of what’s most important.
This winning not-quite amnesia story parses what happens when Alice, a married mother of three whose marriage is disintegrating, takes a knock on the head and comes to thinking she is herself, but 10 years younger and in the middle of a blossoming young marriage, with her first child on the way. As younger Alice adjusts to her older life and body, she finds much to be surprised at: a wealthy lifestyle she never dreamed of, a rejuvenated mother with a surprising love interest, and a sister whose life has turned out unexpectedly disappointing. And everyone is so sorry for something that happened with her best friend Gina, whom she doesn't remember, but apparently who helped sow the seeds of her marriage's collapse. But as the young Alice takes over the older Alice's life and applies her goofy, laissez-faire approach to living, the tension builds: what will happen if old Alice regains her memory? Alice's journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable.
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I loved this book!
I have read all of Moriarty's books and this was one of three better ones in my opinion.
What Alice forgot
I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s writing style. Her novels are set in Australia and that contributes to the familiarity and comfort I feel when I read her books. Writing from the perspective of each character also helps me connect with the characters. Like many of Liane Moriarty’s books, “What Alice forgot” cover’s some topical and sometimes uncomfortable ground, but I love getting the perspective of each character in the various facets of their life journey.