Author Spotlight – Liane Moriarty

Today’s post by She Reads founders Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon | @Marybeth Whalen @ArielLawhon

Update: congrats to Janet Hannah who was randomly chosen as our winner! Janet has been notified via email.

Ariel says: I read a lot of books. I mean a lot of books. And while I try to be knowledgeable about what novels are selling, and why, it’s not uncommon for them to slip through my fingers. That was the case with last summer’s hit, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Everyone I knew raved about this novel. I wanted to read it. I planned to read it. But I never did. So when Liane’s publisher sent me a copy of her new novel,  The Hypnotists’s Love Story, it moved straight to the top of my reading pile.

The book arrived during a particularly busy season of life and I wasn’t able to read it in big gulps like I prefer. What happened instead was that I found myself looking forward to the end of my day when I could curl up in bed and read a few more chapters. My poor husband. He begged me to turn out the lights on more than one occasion. The end result was that I savored this novel, pondered it, and become a complete fan of Liane Moriarty. I don’t say this often–especially after a single book–but I will read anything she writes. Anything. Next on my list is What Alice Forgot.

From the author of critically acclaimed  What Alice Forgot  comes a wonderfully fun, insightful novel about the crazy things we do for love.

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going (okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit). When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. However, when Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks,  Is that all?  Actually, that’s kind of neat. She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

Marybeth says: When Ariel told me she was loving this new book called  The Hypnotist’s Love Story, I had no idea it was the new book by the author of my favorite novel of last year,  What Alice Forgot. Now, to say that it  was my favorite novel of last year, I have to put it into perspective. I read 60 books last year, most of them novels. Most of them I liked, but few of them I loved.

What Alice Forgot  gripped me like few books do. I loved the premise, first of all. Perhaps because Alice is in a similar place in life to me. Because I could be Alice. I went on her journey with her, of discovering this family, these choices a self she didn’t recognize had made. And I loved the ending, reiterating that a satsifying ending is necessary. Here’s what I wrote about it  in my reading log after I finished it:

“I think this will be  my fave novel of the year. Never have I loved a premise more and been so moved by a story. Old Alice confronting new Alice and vice versa. I could totally relate– even if it took place in Sydney Australia. So much to learn from this novel about appreciating what we have and not taking ourselves too seriously.”

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?  

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

We’re giving away a copy of each  novel to one lucky reader today. Leave a comment on this post to enter. And if you haven’t heard of Liane Moriarty, we highly encourage you to look her up. And then go read her novels. You won’t be sorry!

Liane Moriarty  is the author of The Hypnotists’s Love Story and  What Alice Forgot  (Amy Einhorn Books) and two other novels,  Three Wishes  and  The Last Anniversary, both of which were published around the world and translated into seven languages. She is also the author of the Nicola Berry series for children. Liane lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two small, noisy children.

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36 Responses to Author Spotlight – Liane Moriarty

  1. JoAnne June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both sound like good reads. Always looking for new authors to try out.

  2. Melinda K Taylor June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both of these books sound interesting. I am an avid reader always in search of new authors

  3. Janet Hannah June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both of these books sound very good, somehow they missed my book radar as well!! Kinda scary the thought of a younger me, meeting the now me and wondering how the heck I got here….might be a good idea on one hand and scary on the other… hmmm. Would love to read both books!! Thanks for the info!

  4. Kandra June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Wow, these both sound so intriguing! Please enter me in the drawing, and I’ll put both of these on my wish list. What Alice Forgot sounds like an alternate spin on The Shadow of Your Smile by Susan May Warren, which I just finished. Thought-provoking! We tend to forget that the “small” choices we make without too much thought become the big ones in our lives.

  5. Susan S. June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me in the drawing. I’m at a point I’ve read all the books by my favorite authors and am looking for new material. These books sound very good. Thanks for bringing these to our attention!!

  6. Dee in OKC June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! Looking forward to reading both of these books. In fact, went online and reserved copies of both. Thanks for all your great suggestions. Soooo many great books, soooo little time.

  7. Myra June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    These books sound terrific! I would love to read them both.

  8. Sylvia June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read both of these books. It’s funny how the cycles of life go. I used to read a lot of non-fiction, but now I look forward to stories, truth or fiction, for what I can learn and enjoy!

  9. Wanda June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me in the drawing; I always enjoy reading the books reviewed and recommended on the She Reads site!

  10. Kimberly June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve heard great things about this author but haven’t read any of her books yet – awesome giveaway!

  11. Tammy Peterson June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am a 40 year old mother of 7 who all still live at home…..I am going to school for nursing…..and I would love to read something other than pathophysiology!!!! 🙂

  12. Liz June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I saw this giveaway on Twitter – I JUST finished What Alice Forgot for the BlogHer Book Club, and there was a little preview of The Hypnotist’s Love Story at the end and it looks fantastic! I would LOVE to win a copy of that! Thanks.

  13. Ellen June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Her books look intriguing, would love to read them.

  14. Norm June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I think I would prefer reading the Hypnotist’s Love Story but both look like great books.

  15. Laura June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My reading list for this summer is getting longer and longer thanks to She Reads. I may have to extend my summer reading into my fall and winter reading!

  16. Charity June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to read these books – you make them sound so great. And, it’s been a while since I have read a novel and have been looking for a good one to get back into reading with…

  17. Kirsti June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both of these sound interesting, especially the second one. Can’t wait to read them this summer!

  18. Jessica Budd June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I must have been in a bubble because I had not heard of either of these but they both sound delicious. Yes I said delicious because to me a good book is one to be savored, page by page, word by word. I would LOVE to read both of these!!!

  19. Heather June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoyed What Alice Forgot and I didn’t realize that Moriarty had a new book out. Yea!

  20. Shelly June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    The reviews made me crave the books. Help me overcome my addiction to Netflix films and my iPad. Take me back to the world of late night reading. I’m ready.

  21. Katie June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Oh yes. This sounds smart and interesting. I’ll be checking both books out.

    I’m still warming up to novels – and even (gulp) considering putting pen to paper (or fibegrtips to keyboard) to scratch one out myself. You have to start somewhere 🙂

    Blessings and love to all,

  22. Marsha June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both novels intrigue me! The one is available at our local library and the newest one has holds on all three copies the library has. Tell Tale sign of what an awesome author Ms. Moriarty is! I’ll have to check out the first one. Thanks for the offer to win it!

  23. Jenny Kozar June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Another She Reads review that I have to save in a folder so that I make sure that I get to eventually read these books! I have really enjoyed most novels that have been recommended here and now keep a list of authors that I watch out for new releases as well. Thank You!

  24. Rebekah Callahan June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I am so glad to learn about a new author! These books sound great!!

  25. Linda A. June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    These books sound great. I can’t wait to read them.

  26. Cynthia Robertson June 14, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Oh, I so want one of these two novels, I don’t care which…they both sound wonderful! I had heard of What Alice Forgot recently, and have wanted to read it.
    If I’m lucky enough to win one, I’ll review it for my blog 🙂

  27. Shannon Morris June 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Love this author and would love to win her new book!

  28. Tammi T. June 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Both books sound intriguing. I haven’t heard of the author until today but both of her books sound as if they would be hard to put down. Maybe I’ll find out for myself.

  29. rhonda June 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    A new author. For me both books sound wonderful.

  30. Jayne D. June 15, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Both of these books sound great and I am always looking for a new author to read. I would love the opportunity to read both of the books offered. Thanks for this chance.

  31. Loni June 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I have never heard of LIANE MORIARTY and I read a lot of books! I am especially interested in What Alice Forgot. I book reviews on my blog as well, and would love to share about it!

  32. Lisa June 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Well, another author for my TBR pile! It gets larger by the hour!

  33. Kristen June 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m sure they’re both wonderful and would love love love either of them. 🙂

  34. Ariel June 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    You won’t be disappointed, Kristen. Liane Moriarty is my new favorite author. She’s just…brilliant.

  35. Ariel June 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Then my work is done, Lisa! 🙂 I love connecting authors and readers. Such fun!

  36. Karen Carter June 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    These sound amazing.

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