Friday, June 22, 2012

WHAT ALICE FORGOT by Liane Moriarty

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I missed the opportunity to feature this book when it was out in hardcover so I was thrilled to receive What Alice Forgot now in paperback. If you love books that feature time travel like The Time Traveler’s Wife or Allison Winn’s Scotch Time Of My Life you’ll really love this one!

Blurb:

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?


Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.


This is a little snippet of what inspired Liane to write What Alice Forgot:

I had always wanted to write a story about time travel but I found the logistics made my head explode. Then I read a story about a woman in the UK who lost her memory and behaved like a teenager – she didn’t recognize her husband or children. I realized that memory loss is a form of time travel. So I came up with the idea of a woman, Alice, who loses 10 years of her memory. She thinks she is 29, pregnant with her first child and blissfully in love with her husband. She is horrified to discover she is 39, with 3 children and in the middle of a terrible divorce. It’s like the younger Alice has traveled forward in time. Readers tell me that what they liked best about this novel was how it made them think about the choices they’d made and wonder how their younger selves would feel about the lives they are leading now. 

Liane Moriarty ALSO has a new book out called The Hypnotist’s Love Story, which I’m hoping to bring to you next month!  

If you could go back in time to any year for like a day or a week, what age would you choose? I think I would choose the summer when I was 20 because I had a terrific time then. And although I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my life with my husband and kids, I did have an awesome time being single and young and having no responsibilities that time in my life. And, after all, this is only for one week! 

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99 comments:

ncsuloges said...

This is so bad of me to say but I am doing it anyway. When I was younger I flew to Maine to see this guy I really liked. Needless to say it didn't work out but the 2-3 days I spent there were amazing. I don't want him back but just 24 hours of that time would be fantastic.

Lindsay said...

The summer after college!

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I would go back to the summer after high school. I made a lot of decisions that summer that still affect my life today. I wish that maybe I had decided different back then.
qweska8402

Carie Casey said...

I would probably go back to the summer when I was 26. Fun times, no kids and I lived close to the beach.

Carie

Mary Jo Burke said...

Summer after freshman year in college.

absolutahnie said...

August 3, 2007. My last first date!

Carly said...

I wouldn't go back very far. I loved our honeymoon in Hawaii a couple of years ago. If I could go back and just watch the turtles at a secluded beach with my husband, I would.

Carly H

Juliet Farmer said...

may sound weird, but i'd go back to when i was going through chemo. that reality check really helped me pout things in perspective, and while i still try to , it would be good to have that reminder again that things have been much, much worse. (not that things are bad, but you know...)

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I'd go back to 21 yeas old and finishing up college...

Carol5814 said...

I'd like to go back to my college days for a bit.

Emma S. said...

I would go back to my senior year of college.

DaphneSFL said...

the summer i got married. it was full of family and friends and great times.

Kim W. said...

Like you said, although I love my husband and my kids, I would love to go back to the early 90's (cant remember the EXACT year) when I knew this guy that I really, really liked. That time in my life was so easy & carefree; didn't have nearly the same responsibilities I have today. And he was sooooo much to be around! He's like "the one that got away"!

Bev V said...

I would go back to the summer after high school.

Melissa said...

That book inspired this blog post: http://merrylandgirl.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-merrylandgirl-hopes-never-to.html

It's a fabulous story! I also enjoyed "The Hypnotist's Love Story" and hope you will too.

For ages...I'd go back to 18 and make some different choices than I did at the time.

Melissa A from CLC

jdstec said...

1975. That's all I'm saying.

Emily said...

The week during my senior year of college when I decided law school would be a good idea....

Emily116

Bridget O'Neill said...

I would love to go back to any time when I still had both of my breasts. I had a mastectomy 6 years ago, and I've had reconstruction, but it's just not the same. I would like to go back just to appreciate them. I miss my boob!

Alice said...

The week that I turned 21. What a great summer!

BrendaL71 said...

Oh it would be the summer of 94' I was 22 years old. I was old enough to drink and started to really pull away from the control of my parents so I spend a lot of time with my friends. Fun, Fun, Fun.

Melissa said...

Hmmm if I could go back to a certain year, I'd go back to when my daughter was 3 or 4. I love that age!!!

-tmd636

Books & Reviews said...

I would go back to january 7 of 2004. I would go to my hometown and spend the week of my fathers unexpected death with him. So I can have more time and moments with him.

Megan said...

oooh; I would go back to my senior year of high school in the spring...so lovely.
Eloisepeaches

your invisible pixie said...

I'd probably go back to the end of my summer of 2008, when I was living in New York, and just hang out with my friends again!

Margaret said...

I would go back to 1995-1996 which was the year I worked in Disney World Florida. It was awesome! I made so many friends from around the world who were also on a similar program. Thanks to facebook we're all back in touch.

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Mom'sLove said...

I would love to go back my daughter's first year.. SO many changes and life choices.
Amanda
byacourt at gmail dot com

EBrowning said...

I would go back to the summer that I turned 17. I had so much fun that summer and made so many good memories. It was also nice not to have a worry in the world and just be able to hang out with friends all day.

Kristin from Louisville said...

I would go back to my sister's wedding in Jamaica. I was too young to appreciate the experience and I wish I had had the courage to enjoy being outside of the US. I would experience a lot more than I did.

SnarkyMommy said...

I read this last year and I freaking LOVED it!

Kimmi said...

I'd go back in time to the year when I decided that white paneling was the way to go in my bedroom. WTF?!!??!?

equinn726 said...

I would go back to the summer when I was 19. That summer was full of beaches, a really fun summer job, and lots of friends and family get togethers (weddings, picnics, reunions).

lucy872 said...

I would go back to the first summer after returning from my first year of college. I had a great time that year - and I met my husband. I was only 19, but I had a blast!

Marla W. said...

I'd go back to any of the weeks/weekends we spent at The Lake of the Ozarks for family vacations. My uncle had a house on the lake along with 2 boats and several other fun "toys". I loved heading out there, hanging with the fam, going out on the boat, tubing...all the fun and sun that comes with hanging at the lake. (And the lack of responsibility on my side since I was a pre-teen)...ahhh - bliss :o)

susieqlaw said...

I would definitely go back to when I spent a semester in Washington, DC. Best time ever!

susieqlaw

Joelle said...

I would go back to July 1998 when my husband (then bf) came to visit and we met face to face for the first time. It was the most amazing 2.5 weeks of my entire life and a very small glimpse at what life would eventually be like.

- jobella

Katie said...

I would go back and enjoy my time in Germany more.

Jessica said...

I would go back in time to when I was 17!

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

I would go back to my sophomore year in college and make a few different choices. Mostly, I would like to appreciate being young and free of many responsibilities. I don't think you can ever fully appreciate that until it is gone. LeslieGC

robynn78 said...

I would go back to the time I got to back pack in Europe. I had such a great time, but I think I would have explored just a little more!!!

Kristen said...

My week in Rome... it was a fabulous vacation!!!

Kristen27

Kimberly Pearlman said...

Wow this is a GREAT question. And tough to choose. I would have to say the week of my 21st birthday. :)

Lizett34 said...

I would go back to my senior year of high school.

Tiffany Drew said...

I'd go back to the summer of age 16. There's a lot of things I didn't do and I'd love to get a second chance and do them all and not be so shy!!!

keltban said...

I would go back to the summer before college in '93. It was the best. I spent the whole summer with my best friend and it was just such a simple and fun time with no worries. Fantastic!

Margie said...

I'd go back to the time when our kids were small. That time goes by so quickly.
Margie T

Becki**** said...

18 working at Disneyland - most fun ever.

A.C. said...

I would go back to the spring right after my husband and I had just gotten married. We were waiting to go to his first duty station, had graduated, and had nothing to do. I miss that time!

Corgi Lover said...

I'd go back to the summer between 7th and 8th grade. The 80's were in full swing and I was too young to care about anything but hanging with my friends. Pure bliss.

slm8803 said...

When I first met my husband...we were carefree!!

Cinnimon said...

The summer when I was 18. What a blast back in the 70's. Just one big continuing party. Ah, those were the days.

Sherry said...

I would say 1989-1990 When I was 18 and a college student at University of Portland--I keep telling my son ( who is only 8) How awesome College is and it will be the time of his life...he doesn't believe me but someday he will he thinks it is horrible that kids live in a dorm and away from there parents--oh to be so young and innocent :)

Krystal said...

My week in Mexico it was my only trip out of the country, and I absolutely loved it!
kndyer

Luvschocolate said...

Tne summe for 1991, I was home for Tne summer from college met my soon to be husband and never went back. If I could go back It would just be a summe ruling, then I'd go off to school again, finish, get a good job and not have to rely on a man for anything.

Kelleyc said...

I would go back to about 1996. Had a job, was with the man that would become my hubby, but no real responsibilities. ... Think I would have done more traveling and enjoying that time before all the responsibilities set in!!!

Kristin said...

I would go back to when my husband and I first starting dating. We were both so carefree. That would be wonderful.

ludy2288 said...

I would go back to college & take it more seriously!

Lilian said...

I am still young (19) so I don't know..maybe I would like to go back to my Kindergarten days when I could take naps in school without being chastised?

lilianxchengATgmail.com

TinaB said...

I would like to go back to when I first met my husband. Everything seemed so perfect...no stress!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Bridget said...

I would say 1987, June or July. My son would be a baby and my girls, 3 and 5.

iambtinrb

Anonymous said...

I would choose my college years because I had many true friends and had a simple good time.

-Donna W.

Melissa said...

The summer I was 21. I was skinny and just met my husband. Such carefree days! Mel Rem

Kristi said...

I would go back to summer of 2000. This was right before I started college and it was a fantastic summer. I was just so excited about things to come!

aggiekristi04

Anonymous said...

I think I would have gone back to 19 and broken up with my high school/college sweetheart and hopefully allowed myself to have an entirely different college experience.

Colbey J

Jen said...

I think I would go back about 9 years ago and make some seriously different choices than the ones I made...!!

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

Shellybelly43066 said...

I am happy right here right now

EKB said...

I dont know the year...but I was 24 years old and life was so simple. job I was so thrilled with and new boyfriend and it was all so easy. and I looked good. :-}

betsy_blixt said...

This is a hard question because each year in my life keeps getting better. I think I would just stay in the present.

Sslinsky said...

I love my children more than life itself however I would live one week if just me, sunny days on a boat with a drink in my hand. (Maybe I'll just get a sitter)

Sarah

Christina said...

I would go back to my semester abroad - my friends and I had the greatest time in London and it was such a fun 3 months!!!

ChristinaL

buttah said...

I think maybe I would go back about three years so I could warn myself that I was about to go through menopause at the age of 33! Lord knows I could've used the warning!

Nanette said...

I would go back to the month I spent in Hawaii when I was 18 (my graduation trip right after highschool). The choices I would make during that time would be SO different. Wow...that would be the ultimate do-over !!!!!!

Nan ;)

Anonymous said...

University years - I loved them. Especially first year!
RebeccaE

TaraUB said...

The summer before my dad died when I was 25. I would make those moments count.

Sharn3960 said...

The summer when I was 22.

Amelia said...

the summer of 1991

TinaPow said...

Summer of 2002

Betsy said...

I'd pick a time when one of my kids was a baby. That was a hard time, but I miss those snuggly little beings, and I forget some of it too.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I would love to go back to the summer after high school, before I went away to college. What a carefree time that was!

CAnative said...

The summer I was 16. SOOOO long ago. Had my license and freedom! No school....beach and work only.

Nicole

Ally said...

The summer before my junior year in high school...it was just fun

Jeffie T said...

Grad school year of college. Best. Year. Ever.

Buffy Dee said...

I would go back to last summer when I took my son to Hawaii for a graduation present ... very special time for me.

Denise said...

Definitely the spring of my senior year of college - I spent the semester abroad in London and it was AWESOME. I did so much traveling, and had a blast.

-Denise F.

Sarah C. said...

I'm pretty happy with where I'm at in life. I need a vacation, but I firmly believe God put me where I'm at right now and by no choice of my own would I be anywhere else :)

Crystal said...

I would go back to senior year in high school. Not for any particular reason, but to be 17 again and actually KNOW that I look good. I had so many self esteem issues, but looking back now I just think WOW I looked good! LOL!

crystal717

Terri said...

I would go back to my freshman year of college - just for a few days (weekend ones, of course!) It would be fun to be goofy and reconnect with the people i spent all my time with that year.

Terri M.

A Novel Review- Laura Kay said...

If I could go back in time for a day/week...my first thought is I really wouldn't. Then I thought I would, but it would be to go back to when I was sixteen and I would give my mom a hug and tell her how awesome she was and how much I love and appreciate everything she did. I would use some of my money I had saved (money to get the heck out savings I had, lol) and take her out for a girls day of beauty with hair and nails with lunch. There are times now I think I wish I could call my mom and tell her I'm sorry for being such a little diva when I was a teen (amazing how you can see it when you have your own teenage daughter, lol)but I can't call her now--so I'd want to go back and show her how much I loved her.

Erin G said...

I would go back to the summer after high school!

Dawn in CA said...

Fall of 1992. Living in Washington, D.C., working as an intern at CBS News. An exciting time with my whole life ahead of me.

Colleen Turner said...

I would definitely pick the summer when I turned 21. I was in college and didn't have any major responsibilities, my good friend and I spent every weekend at the beach and I had just started dating this really hot guy who loved spending time with me (and who know is my husband :)).
candc320@gmail.com

Dani In Chicago said...

I'd go back to when I was 4 or 5 so I can visit all the places from my childhood!

bluestarbrite said...

I would go back to senior year of college. My friends and I were all living together and we hung out all the time. Now, most of us are married with babies, living all over and I don't get to see them that much anymore.

accidentalgypsy said...

I would go back to the summer when I was 15. I went to Australia for 3 weeks and didn't appreciate the experience enough or do as much as I should've. Oh, hindsight...

Leah B said...

This is tough ... maybe back to my honeymoon, it was amazing in Mexico or back to stop myself from doing some dumb stuff.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

The summer I turned 18, was so so much fun

Nancye said...

My wedding day, the birth of my son, or the day I met my daughter for the first time in Kunming, China!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Mon_Cherie said...

I would go back to the summer I was 21...what fun but also it's when I made so many choices-perhaps the wrong ones. I do know that I would go to college for writing like I so wanted to,along with studying Art but got laughed out of it...by my parents, who I would later learn just didn't want to pay for it...and who wouldn't matter later in life anyway.
Lesson learned...don't give a damn what others think-do it!
That summer I had to choose between 2 guys. Although I love my daughter immensely, I would love to see what would happened had I picked Door #1-I picked the one that had the man that morphed into the jackass!

sweepingnews(at)gmail(dot)com

keltban said...

I would go back to the summer I was 18. It was the best and it was right before I got sick in the spring. I got better and life is good now...but I would love to experience a week of that summer if I could.

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