I finished the book What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty yesterday. From the moment I picked up the book, I was hooked. By page five, I could not put it down. It was one of the best books I have read this year. I finished nearly 500 pages in the course of one day—and in only a few hours.
The plot of What Alice Forgot centers around the main character, Alice, whom is in the middle of a brutal custody battle with her husband and has grown apart from her sister she was once close with. The story begins with Alice regaining consciousness in a gym after falling off the stationary bike in a spin class, and is surrounded by people she does not recognize. When she is questioned by the paramedics to determine her state of mind, she responds that she is 29 years old. Her friend argues that she has recently received an invitation to Alice’s 40th birthday party. She believes she is pregnant with her child she had ten years earlier.
Alice has forgotten about ten years of her life.
She does not understand the contemporary context of relationships with friends and family, within the frame of ten years before. She does not remember her children. The last thing she remembered was being pregnant and preparing for the arrival of her first child.
This book made me consider what it would be like to lose ten years, additionally what I would miss in context of the past ten years. Would I understand the state of affairs from my frame of reference of 2002? It gave me a lot to think about. Would I use my blog and my private diary to catch up on my life? What would it be like to forget about my daughter? What would that feel like? What was I doing ten years ago? Would I be happy with the direction my life has gone?
I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. I loved the character development and the clues along the way, as Alice begins to fill in the blanks of her memory. There is a considerable amount of moving from the past to the present and back again throughout the book. I typically do not like the disorientation and confusion I normally feel in books like this, however it was not confusing, nor was it disorienting. In fact, it was very well done.
This was an excellent book and I highly recommend putting this on your summer reading list.
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. I was compensated for my review, and received a copy of What Alice Forgot HOWEVER, I only recommend products and/or services I personally believe in.