I remember picking this book up a few years ago and just not getting into the story. But after watching the first two seasons of Big Little Lies (based on the book by Liane Moriarty), I got curious again. And this time, What Alice Forgot wound up being a bit of a page-turner for me.
About the Book
As the title suggests, What Alice Forgot is about a woman (Alice) who forgets the last ten years of her life. She regains consciousness in the middle of a spin class and slowly realizes that she doesn’t remember anything that happened in the past decade. She actually thinks that it’s still 1998. It’s a strange feeling for her because in the time that’s passed, she’s had three kids and is currently separated from her husband.
The book is a bit mysterious because there are some unknowns around Alice’s relationship with her sister, Elisabeth. I probably could’ve read this book in an afternoon because I was so curious to learn more about what’s happened. Particularly what happened with Alice’s marriage and her relationship with her husband.
Notes and Takeaways
While the plot is a little unbelievable, I don’t believe the premise is. A lot can change in ten years. People change a LOT in ten years. Relationships grow closer together or further apart. And these changes don’t happen overnight. It’s in the little day to day interactions. Things you wouldn’t notice if you were living them moment by moment. But experiencing a ten year memory loss can shine a spotlight on how you’ve changed (and if you like the person you’ve become).
Ten years ago, I was dating my husband (soon to be engaged). I was still living in San Diego but hadn’t started my coaching business yet. Comparing what I know now to then, it feels like I didn’t even know myself. And it makes me wonder who I’ll be by 2030.
Favorite Quotes (from the author, Liane Moriarty)
“Finally she stopped resisting and called a truce. Young Alice was allowed to stay as long as she didn’t eat too much chocolate.”
“Relationships don’t stay the same. There isn’t time.”
“Now it seemed like she could twist the lens on her life and see it from two entirely different perspectives. The perspective of her younger self. Her younger, sillier, innocent self. And her older, wiser, more cynical and sensible self.”