What Alice Forgot

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Husband’s Secret… A “cheerfully engaging” novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.


Tri-Star entertainment is set to create the film adaptation of ‘What Alice Forgot’ with Jennifer Aniston signed on in the leading role.

What the reviewers said

“A stunner several shades darker than typical chick lit…Moriarty’s prose turns from funny through poignant to frightening in an artful snap”

Publishers Weekly

“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

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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