Saturday, November 10, 2012
What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty
Alice fell off her bike during a spinning class and lost 10 years of her life. Her memory of the last ten years, that is. Suddenly she was not only ten years older, she didn't recognize her children, her husband didn't live with her any longer and everything had changed. She tries to get by without letting on that she doesn't recognize her own life much less the people around her..
I love this story. Imagine being transported ten years into the future and trying to understand why your once perfect life was no longer the fairy tale you've been living. No explanation seems plausible, do you try to 'fix' it or just go with it? You still feel passionately about a man who treats you as cool as a stranger and it's incomprehensible that these grown children could possibly belong to you.
It's one of those books that causes me to think about my own life and ask those "what ifs." I give What Alice Forgot five of five shots.