This was a very interesting premise that really made you think how you would react if you lost the last ten years of your life. As Alice tries to function in her daily life, she has many surprises arise as to what her life and she as a person has become and she is shocked and not happy about a lot of it. But she can't remember what led her there and nobody seems to want to fill her in. A paragraph that I thought perfectly described Alice's dilemma was on page 98 and is a quote from Alice herself:
""How long have you been married for?" Alice interrupted. The terror of not knowing the facts of her own life gripped her again. She was on one of those amusement park rides that slammed you left, then right, then turned the whole world upside down, giving you unfamiliar glimpses of familiar things. Alice hated amusement park rides."
I could actually feel her uncertainty and fear.
The story examines looking at the blessings of your life and what might be important and what isn't. It explores the workings of family relationships and what interferes with them. The story is told from 3 voices: Alice, her sister Elizabeth who has desperately been trying to have a baby and can't, and that of her beloved grandmother. The story was thought provoking, funny in a lot of places and also sad in some. For the most part I enjoyed the story and really wanted to find out what happened to Alice and if she would settle within herself who she had become if her memory didn't return. The author gave enough vague references to Alice's former life that kept you turning the pages to find it all out along with Alice though a few sections of the book did drag on a bit.
I rated this an 8/10