I started out with one good reason to read this book, and one reason not to.
Of course I am likely to read a book with my name in the title. “ALICE” is not a common name.
But I would generally not choose to read a book in which BRAIN INJURY is a prominent theme. I dealt with that in real life – I don’t need to pile fiction on top of it. I already know too much.
But here was this novel, handed along by a friend, and said to be funny, gripping, etc. So I plunged in!
The “Alice” of the title, a thirty something mother of three who is separated but not divorced, falls and bangs her head in the midst of a gym workout. TEN YEARS of her memory is obliterated. As she rediscovers her lost decade, she has an opportunity for a “rewind” that few ever encounter. Despite pitfalls and complications and new relationships, she and her husband get back together and rebuild their damaged marriage.
I’ll skip the medical critique. I guess they do things differently in Australia.
This turned out to be a pretty good read. I’ll pass it along the next time a friend needs something to take on a plane.