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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies

A “cheerfully engaging”(Kirkus Reviews) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. 

Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. 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, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over....

©2011 Liane Moriarty (P)2011 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Funny and knowing...[about] what we choose to remember, and fight to forget." (O Magazine)

"The gripping story of a woman who wakes up with a bump on her head and no knowledge of the past ten years...an acutely observed romantic comedy that is both thought-provoking and funny." (Marie Claire, UK)

"The affecting tale of Alice’s chance for a ten-year do-over." (The New York Times)

What listeners say about What Alice Forgot

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OK

Seemed pretty long and drawn out. The ideas about divorce were very thought provoking. To bad it took so long to get there.
It would have been nice to have a little change of voice for each character. it just ask sounded the same and if you weren't paying close attention, you couldn't tell who was speaking.

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The great do-over!

This book made me squirm uncomfortably and put it down occasionally just so I could do a little soul searching. This story is so cleverly told through hindsight and foresight and answers that universal question: if I could go back would I make the same decisions? It brilliantly points out that the obvious choice, the easy choice and the smart choice while easily discernable from the outside, on the inside, with circumstances and issues nagging at you - - the choices are much more difficult. And while the characters and narrators are Australian, the circumstances are universal. I *think* this might be more appealing if you have a few years under your belt, but I sure as heck would have loved to have read it 10-years ago!

Loved it.

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had a bit of a problem with the performance

After listening to quite a number of brilliant narrators that are able to make the different characters sound so different that you "recognize their voices" I struggled with Tamara Lovatt-Smith's performance. Without barely a break, the narration switches between Alice, her sister and her granny, but her voice is exactly the same! It always took me about 2 sentences before I caught on that the scene had changed. The seamless change of perspective without a clue but the words themselves really irritated me for a great part of the book.
Also although the narrator herself is of Australian origin, I didn't hear that. She sounded almost British to me and didn't suit the story in my eyes.
Sorry, but I don't understand why the performance got such high marks.
The story itself was quite enjoyable and saved the audiobook for me.

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Unforgettable! I loved this story!

I loved this story! We got the view point from three different people: Alice, her sister and Frannie. I think it was just creatively done and it was a multidimensional story with the three viewpoints and you not only got to know Alice through their eyes, you got to know the other two and what they've gone through in the present and in the past.

One negative of the audiobook version which could be overlooked because the story was just beautiful. I didn't love the narrator unfortunately. In fact, in the beginning, I didn't really realize when Alice's viewpoint switched to her sister's viewpoint....the narrator had the same exact voice and tone for both of them.

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Loved...

I read The Husbands Secret ...after it being reviewed in People Magazine. I loved it and then came to look for her other books. I didn't love the concept of this book when I read the preview...but, I really loved it. Loved it as much as The Husbands Secret. So, much so I immediately downloaded the next one, The Hypnotist.
It was a very thought prevoking book... great story...interesting concept. Loved the characters, the humor, the emotion. Highly recommend!

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Clever and Fresh, but Painful

This book gave me pause. It made me stop and think about spouses taking each other for granted in the day to day and the long term effect that can have on a marriage. Am I guilty? Though the plot for What Alice Forgot is highly unlikely, Moriarty weaves the tale convincingly and left me tearful in several places. It is painful (but well done) following Alice post injury as she discovers that her marriage has fallen apart, yet she is in the happy mindset of her marriage from 10 years prior. Clever and fresh, What Alice Forgot is a satisfying, well written book.

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Forgettable For Me Too

Long-winded, repetitive, sometimes whining and ultimately, I just didn't care. The initial set-up was involving and clever, but it just descended into endless ruminations and speculations on the main character's memories.
And the addition of the sister's point of view added nothing except more hand-wringing and repetitive introspection.
Sorry, I so didn't care whether they got back together or not.
And don't get me started on the disappointing let-down of an ending.

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I wasted a credit on this...

This book has good reviews. Soon to be a major motion picture! I must have it! Well I am struggling to get through chapter 8 and I am debating on if I should just remove it from my library or suffer through it. Ok, she doesn't remember the last ten years, WE GET IT. Will it take 10 years of my life before anything exciting happens? I hope to God when this becomes a movie they dispose of these chapters within the first 10 minutes or I will probably walk out. The woman reading, if I never hear her voice again I'll be a happy girl. I can never tell what character she is reading for because her voice never changes. God make it end....the only reason I will continue with this snooze fest is because I spent a credit on it. I just finished listening to The Chemist and Stillhouse Lake, which I loved. This book so far has been such a disappointment, that I had to vent before I've even finished. I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because there is a small chance it can turn around...but IF it does, it shouldn't take this long.

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Philosophical and still fun!

On several occasions my wife has asked me, "where do you see yourself and us in the next ten years?" But never once have either of us dared to wonder if our younger selves would be disappointed or pleased having viewed our lives ten years hence. So with that said its fair to say again that this book got me thinking...

Liane Moriarity' genius of creating charismatic characters, remarkable dialogue and mysterious situations doesn't overshadow the fact she is one of the centuries best persons of letters. Her works are as deep as they are entertaining.

So this book captured my imagination from the first chapter and held it throughout its entire length. It challenged me, encouraged me, thrilled me, all while keeping a warm smile on my face.

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Waaaaay toooo long

This could have been half as long. The title was misleading... Kept waiting for some big secret or twist. Nothing but disappointment. By the time I realized it wasn't going anywhere I was already half way in... One of the worst stories I've ever heard.

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