Synopsis: What Alice Forgot is a novel based around, you guessed it, a woman named Alice. Alice Love is a thirty-nine year old mother of three. She’s recently separated from her husband Nick and has a whole life that completely revolves around being a “soccer mom.” She is a health and fitness fanatic who, while in her spin class one Friday, suddenly faints. She hits her head pretty badly and wakes up thinking that she’s twenty-nine. She can’t remember the last ten years of her life.
I adored this book. The trouble is, I’m having a hard time putting my reasons into words. The title makes me smile. What Alice Forgot. What Alice forgot though is really only half the story. She forgot the feelings of hurt as her husband work too much. She forgot how hard it was to relate to and cope with her sister Elisabeth’s overwhelming bitterness at her infertility. Alice forgot quite a lot of things.
I think the more important part of the tale is what Alice remembered. She remembered how Elisabeth took care of her when their father died. How close they were while their grieving mother wouldn’t take care of them. She remembered what it felt like to be close to her sister, to grieve and sympathize with her over Elisabeth’s miscarriages. Alice remembered how Nick would bring her tea in bed; she remembered renovating their dream home. She forgot her built up anger over a thousand pent-up irritations and was able to remember what it felt like to really love her husband. She forgot to be jaded and remembered what it was like to be hopeful and carefree. To tell the no-time-for-anyone soccer mom to take a breather.
I think that this novel does a great job of showing just how amazingly important it is to keep life in perspective. Temper the feelings of the present with the experiences of the past.
I still feel like there is so much that I want to say about this book and just can’t. I’m so glad someone bought this one for me and that I didn’t just check it out from the Library. I’m definitely going to want to read this one again.