#148 What Alice Forgot

Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarty
Release Date: May 1st 2009
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 416 pages
Status: Read from November 10 to 11, 2014
Genre: Women Fiction, Chick Lit, Drama, Marriage, Contemporary Romance

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she’s been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong she hates exercise. Alice’s first concern is her baby she’s pregnant with her first child, and she’s desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.

But Alice isn’t pregnant. And Nick isn’t worried. Alice is the mother of three children and her hostile husband is in the process of divorcing her. Alice has lost ten years of her life.

Alice’s sister Elisabeth, who seems uncharacteristically cold, drives her home from the hospital. And “home” is totally unrecognisable, as is the rest of her life. Who is this “Gina” that everyone is carefully trying not to mention? Why does her mother look like she’s wearing fancy dress? And what’s all this talk about a giant lemon meringue pie?

In the days that follow, small bubbles of the past rise to the surface, and Alice is forced to confront uncomfortable truths. It turns out forgetting might be the most memorable thing that’s ever happened to her.

Ini novel ketiga Liane Moriarty yang saya baca. Sengaja, saya membacanya berurutan berdasarkan tahun terbitnya. Di novel ini, saya sudah mulai mengerti gaya menulis Liane Moriarty: layered plot, multiple point of views, and mostly her works are thought-provoking family drama.

Tetap saja, saya jatuh cinta dengan cerita yang didongengkannya. Satu dua karakter selalu berhasil membuat saya bersimpati. Di novel ini, saya bersimpati dengan Elisabeth yang sering sekali keguguran sampai-sampai ia memerlukan terapi demi mempertahankan kewarasannya. Lalu Nick, the good husband. Sulit rasanya untuk memercayai bahwa seseorang yang menurutmu ‘the one’ ternyata juga mengalami yang namanya perubahan. Dan tentu saja, perceraian tidak bisa dibayangkan oleh Alice yang sangat mencintai Nick di usianya yang ke-29. Tapi 10 tahun berlalu dan Nick berubah menjadi dingin. Saya bisa merasakan betapa mengesalkannya menyadari hal itu saat Alice kehilangan ingatannya.

Can you believe that you could be driven by someone until you lose yourself? Itu yang terjadi pada Alice. 10 tahun yang hilang dari Alice adalah masa-masa ia menjadi orang yang ‘berbeda’ karena Gina. Dan mau tidak mau, Gina bisa dikambinghitamkan atas perceraiannya dengan Nick.

Novel ini, family drama, seperti sudah saya sebutkan di awal. Dan Liane Moriarty tak luput menjalarkan kehangatan bingkai keluarga lewat anak-anak lucu yang dimiliki Alice dan Nick yakni: Madison, Tom, dan Olivia. ‘Don’t worry, the sick feeling will go away, Daddy.’ said Olivia. Nah, sii bungsu Olivia ini menggemaskan sekali.

Following Moriarty’s works, I can’t help but notice that some character resembles her other character from other works. Like, for example, Alice resembles Lyn from Three Wishes and Frannie’s story has same vibe as Aunt Connie from The Last Anniversary. Still though, you’ll compromise this kind of things when it comes to your favorite author, isn’t it? 😉

Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But love after three children, after a separation and a near-divorce, after you’ve hurt each other and forgiven each other, bored each other and surprised each other, after you’ve seen the worst and the best -well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own world.

Terakhir, saya mempersembahkan sebuah lagu yang isinya buat saya pas banget dengan kisahnya Alice dan Nick. Enjoy!


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