Brenda J Stratton, February 16, 2012 (view all comments by Brenda J Stratton)
I have to admit if I saw this book in a book store or library I probably would not have considered reading it but since I got it as a free book I decided to give it a go. I am glad I did read this book because once I started reading I had a hard time putting it down till I was finished reading. I wanted to find out what happened and if and how Alice's memory would come back. I found this novel to be quite creative and imaginative, especially how the author unraveled the story thread by thread, memory by memory and bit by bit. Loved the fact that it did not come all about at once - - - she lead you through the maze of jumbled thoughts, the interwoven stories of life, love, relationships, death, children and family. I loved the 3 interwoven voices and stories of Alice, Elisabeth and Frannie and how various font styles where used to distinquish the voices; how they all overcame obstacles and came to understand what was lost and then found. I was surpraised at the ending because it did not end like I thought it would. I would recommend this book to others to read as a matter of fact I am going to recommend it to the book group I belong to.
LauraD, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by LauraD)
Beautifully written book about Alice, who has lost ten years worth of memories when she bumped her head. I loved this book and the second chances and how losing her memories helped her see things from a different perspective. It made me think about my relationships and what I do and think about the people in them.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"This winning not-quite amnesia story parses what happens when Alice, a married mother of three whose marriage is disintegrating, takes a knock on the head and comes to thinking she is herself, but 10 years younger and in the middle of a blossoming young marriage, with her first child on the way. As younger Alice adjusts to her older life and body, she finds much to be surprised at: a wealthy lifestyle she never dreamed of, a rejuvenated mother with a surprising love interest, and a sister whose life has turned out unexpectedly disappointing. And everyone is so sorry for something that happened with her best friend Gina, whom she doesn't remember, but apparently who helped sow the seeds of her marriage's collapse. But as the young Alice takes over the older Alice's life and applies her goofy, laissez-faire approach to living, the tension builds: what will happen if old Alice regains her memory? Alice's journey of reconciling herself to how her life came to be what it is, and her slowly building understanding of how the threads of her marriage began to unravel, is moving, well-paced, and thoroughly pleasurable. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
#1 international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman follows The Life List with Sweet Forgiveness, in which a womans receipt of two forgiveness stones” sends her searching for atonement
Hannah Farr is a popular daytime television host with a charismatic boyfriend. She has much to be thankful for—except for a past shed do anything to forget. Just as a rival station comes calling, Hannahs ratings take a dangerous dip. Her producer complains that shes not opening up to her audience, and her friend insists that the problem extends to her personal life. One person Hannah cant ask for advice is her mother, to whom she hasnt spoken since her high-school graduation. Only one woman seems to have the answer: Fiona Knowles. Creator of the Forgiveness Stones, a concept thats sweeping the nation, shes urging everyone to forgive and to seek forgiveness. As events conspire to ensure the fiercely private Hannahs most public participation, she must risk the life shes earned. Is her mothers love, and the glimmers of a future she never could have imagined, worth the price?
Check out the #1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called a surefire hit” by Entertainment Weekly.
"The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking.” —Entertainment Weekly
"Reading one [of Liane Moriarty's novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic... [BIG LITTLE LIES] is a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read” USA Today
Sometimes its the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
Whats indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. Shes funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madelines youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madelines teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madelines ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldnt be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
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