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What Alice Forgot

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What Liane says

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 recognise 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 travelled 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.

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What the reviewers said

“Compelling and entertaining.’ GOOD READING

“A great story which would be perfect for curling up with - I couldn't put it down.' AUSTRALIAN BOOKSELLER & PUBLISHER

‘A bittersweet tale by a gifted writer, whose light touch doesn’t stop her exploring darker themes, such as infertility and the sad erosion of a once radiant love.’ AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY Book of the Month

‘What [Moriarty] writes are acute social comedies of the feminine, where the domestic is more political than cosy…Technically this premise is a challenge, which Moriarty makes appear effortless…bravura depiction. Great stuff’
THE AGE

‘A thought-provoking story that explores family dynamics with intelligence, wit and sensitivity but without any sentimentality.’ COURIER-MAIL

‘The pages turn with ease as the mysteries of modern domestic life unfold and the pieces of Alice’s lost decade slip back into place.’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘ She creates a lovely family jigsaw, the pages turning with ease as the mysteries of modern domestic life unfold and the pieces of Alice’s lost decade slip back into place.’ HERALD SUN

‘There is gentle comedy bubbling through this book…but there is sorrow, too…a well-crafted story from an intriguing premise.’ NOTEBOOK Magazine