Sunday, May 3, 2015
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and 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 worried. Alice is the mother of three children and her hostile husband is in the process of divorcing her. Alice has lost ten years of her life. Alice's sister Elisabeth, who seems uncharacteristically cold, drives her home from the hospital. And "home" is totally unrecognizable, as is the rest of her life. Who is this "Gina" that everyone is carefully trying not to mention? Why does her mother look like she's wearing fancy dress? And what's all this talk about a giant lemon meringue pie? In the days that follow, small bubbles of the past rise to the surface, and Alice is forced to confront uncomfortable truths. It turns out forgetting might be the most memorable thing that's ever happened to her.
My take: 3 looks
A fun, light read for the summer! Like Moriarty's other novels, this one is easy to read, tightly written and fun to read.
Alice is very likable, and her journey to rediscover who everyone is around her feels very personal. You will wonder why Elizabeth is so distant, why her mother is so changed, why her husband is so mean, and who these three little hellions are, who everyone refers to as her children.
Through the story of Alice trying to be a 1998 person in 2008, she is able to relive and rethink her decisions with impunity, something of which many of us would also benefit. In the course of finding out who she is, by being who she was, she is able to change who she becomes. And that is the best description of all!