VANCOUVER, BC, February 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- On the surface, What Alice Forgot may seem to have the fixings of classic chicklit: Alice, a 39-year-old married woman, falls while in a step aerobics class, hits her head and wakes up having forgotten the last 10 years of her life.
She remembers herself as a young newlywed, madly in love, with children but a distant thought. In actuality, she is 39, has three children, and is embroiled in a bitter divorce. The sister Alice was once so close to has become angry and resentful and their relationship seems strained at best. Her dowdy widowed mother is now a salsa teacher, wearing clothes 20 years too young and enjoying her new marriage to Alice's soon-to-be-ex-husband's father.
Alice's realization that things are not what they once were makes her confront the reality that she is not who she once was - and, in fact, that she may not like who she has become. Couple that with the fact that Alice cannot remember her children - not their births, their names, their faces...
The book reaches out of the chicklit realm as it thoughtfully and often humorously explores what happens when we lose our memories - how easy it is to repair relationships that were once so damaged, when you can forget the hurt you have caused each other in your history. However, it also looks at what we lose when we lose retrospect, and how that can affect the people around us. Can we really forget our own children? Can life really go from smelling like roses to divorce, infertility and death in a matter of just ten years?
The take-away message could be seen as one of perspective: the next time you are looking around at your life wondering, "How did I get here?", cast your mind to 10 years ago and consider what kind of person you have become versus what you once were. It may not be so simple to get back to that point, but putting the steps in place to reconcile your old and new selves may be just what's needed to do damage repair in the present. It is this kind of philosophical message that really takes What Alice Forgot to a new level and has readers turning page after page to see how it all ends up.
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