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Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Books | 0 comments

What Alice Forgot

Guess who was home sick today? This girl. I didn’t sleep good last night due to the fever I was running and I woke up this morning feeling achy, congested and clammy. After purchasing $35 worth of cold medicine, I think I’m finally on the upswing. I still don’t feel 100% tonight, but hopefully I’ll be back at work tomorrow and in my running shoes by Saturday.

The highlight of my day was dinner. Dave made me a grilled cheese and tomato soup. He also bought me a bag of cookies n cream hershey kisses. I have yet to try them since I can’t taste anything right now, but as soon as I regain my sweet tooth and ability to taste things, I’ll report back. I suppose there are a few perks to being sick. Who doesn’t love home cooked meals and candy? 😉

Since I spent the day in bed, I got the chance to finish Liane Moriarty’s book, What Alice Forgot. I began reading this novel last week and I could hardly put it down. Here’s a description of the book, which was featured on Oprah.com

What Alice Forgot centers on a woman who goes to the gym, hits her head, and loses all memory of the past decade, which was apparently quite eventful: While Alice wakes up thinking she’s 29, deliriously happy in her marriage and newly pregnant, in fact she’s a 39-year-old mother of three in the midst of a hideous divorce. What happened? Alice tries to piece it together with the help of her sister, whose own past is so riddled with loss that she might welcome some amnesia herself. Funny and knowing, especially about the details of domesticity, this agile novel is also a light-handed look at what we choose to remember, and fight to forget.

I was engaged in this story from the very beginning. Alice wakes up from her head injury with a changed perspective on life and as I finished reading about her plight, I too found myself developing a new perspective on life and the relationships that deserve the most protection and attention. There were several mysteries that stemmed from Alice’s predicament, which had me wanting to ‘just read 1 more chapter.’ I felt like this had the light hearted feel of your typical chick-lit, but after finishing the book I believe it actually had a profound message and raised some thought provoking questions for the reader. For example, would forgetting all the bad times of life be worth forgetting all the good times? Would your younger self be shocked at the life you’re currently living? Would you be proud at what you’ve become? Reading about how both Alice’s marriage with Nick and relationship with her sister, Elisabeth, slowly disintegrated over the years really challenged me to look at some of the relationships in my own life. The author paints a picture in which a heart is not simply broken overnight, but rather gruelingly chipped over time. I felt like this was more in line with the reality many couples face and when I finished this book I felt the need to go hug Dave and kiss his cheek (remember, I’m still sick) just because I was thankful for how hard he tries for me and us. This book details the bliss of young love, the power of true love and the possibilities that come from true forgiveness in a beautiful blend of comedy and drama.

There were really 3 plots to this story; The life of Alice, the life of Elisabeth (Alice’s sister) and the life of Frannie (Alice’s honorary grandmother). I found myself fascinated by all 3 characters and genuinely interested in the trials they each faced.

The entire book was magnificently written and the ending was wrapped up nicely, like a beautiful package.

I don’t want to give away too many details because I want you to read it. Then I want you to call me so we can talk about all the characters like they’re people we actually know. Okay? Okay.

 

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