What Alice Forgot

What Alice Forgot

Large Print - 2015
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Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital to find out that she's getting divorced, has three kids, and is actually thirty-nine. Now Alice must reconstruct a lost decade -- and try to reconstruct her life. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she's become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, she must discover if forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and if it's possible to start over.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781594138515
1594138516
9781410475046
1410475042
Characteristics: 629 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print
Call Number: LT MORIARTY, L

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Cheryl_in_IT Mar 07, 2019

I enjoyed it. It seemed a good illustration in the bafflement we might experience when seeing ourselves objectively (or more objectively, at any rate). It also was an illustration (less good) of how there is another side to behavior that we can so easily judge from a distance.

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mlnorris1 May 09, 2017

Relatable characters and a thought provoking plot line. This is one of my favorite books so far this year.


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kellydelancy
Sep 14, 2019

Book Club selection.

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Katy80did
Sep 11, 2019

Recommended by Karen

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 06, 2019

It’s hard to rate this book. There were some really good parts and some not-so-great parts. For instance, I was losing my patience with the droning of Alice not having her memory, but then it got rather interesting and the story developed.
The end simply see-saws all over the place. It’s a somewhat interesting and blasé read.

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writermala
Mar 26, 2019

Liane Moriarty has come out with a Winner in "What Alice Forgot." Alice love falls on a gym floor in what seems to be an innocuous fall but turns out to make her lose 10 years of her life. Thus she goes from being a 39 year old separated mother of three to a 29 year old, deeply in love with her husband and pregnant with their first child. The plot is intriguing and one wonders whether Alice will get back with her first love, Nick. To keep the plot lively we also hear about Alice's sister's misadventures and her mother's marriage. Also, telling a tale is Frannie who writes detailed letters to Phil. All in all Moriarty sketches Alice's story well as when she says, "It was extraordinary the way her body knew how to do things - the mobile phone, the make-up, the lock - without her mind remembering her ever having done them before." That about sums it up.

Cheryl_in_IT Mar 07, 2019

I enjoyed it. It seemed a good illustration in the bafflement we might experience when seeing ourselves objectively (or more objectively, at any rate). It also was an illustration (less good) of how there is another side to behavior that we can so easily judge from a distance.

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brittanyp2
Feb 22, 2019

I was not as in love with this book as other people and I’ve enjoyed other titles from this author more. The ending was good and so was the story, but I found it took a really long time to get going - almost half the book until I enjoyed reading it.

I do like the overall story and what it tells and reminds you of. Overall it’s a good heartfelt story and is easy reading.

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emfaha
Feb 08, 2019

A really lovely book. I think the sister and granny asides could maybe have been cut but enjoyed this thoroughly nonetheless.

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Ihatethis1
Nov 26, 2018

One of my all time favorite books! I've read it 3 different times, and know I'll read it again. The plot is so unique, I loved each character and I thought it had a great spiritual lesson about time, human flaws, forgiveness and love. A beautiful book.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Hilarious, heartwarming, addictive, and genuine, 'What Alice Forgot' is an unforgettable book. It's brimming with realistic characters with realistic struggles, flaws, and issues. That said, it was a bit silly at parts and overly dramatic, but these small flaws were insignificant compared to the powerful meaning and emotion of this novel. The ending was rushed but it tied a satisfying bow and I punched a fist into the air with delight.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

And that's when Ben said, "Lots of children must have lost their parents." He said it solemnly, but also with a definite hint of cheer. As in, hey, how handy! Lots of dead parents! Lots of spare kids up for grabs! Maybe a cute violin player is crawling out of the rubble right now.
- Page 243

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

"Good luck," said the nurse as I left.
She's the one who always says "Good luck." In a sort of patronizing way.
"Oh, f**k off with your good luck," I said, and punched her in the nose.
- Page 265

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Ben's mum is probably right when she says "Nature knows best." Nature knows that I would make a terrible mother. Each time I get pregnant, Nature says, "Actually, this kid would be better off dead than having a mother like her.
- Page 253

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

The Caesar salad wasn’t very nice. A lackluster attempt. Wilted lettuce. Stale croutons. Very disappointing. Like life.

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Nov 11, 2018

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Sexual Content: Kissing, flirting, and talk of condoms, divorce, boyfriends/girlfriends, affairs, and infertility. A couple of instances of sex, although these are memories are not described.

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Gwen904
Nov 11, 2018

Coarse Language: A few uses of f**k and variants, motherf**king, and b**ch. One or two uses of sh**. Frequent taking the Lord's name in vain.

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