Author(s): Liane MoriartyDownload
Publish: Published July 29th 2014 by Berkley
ISBN: ISBN 0399167064 (ISBN13: 9780399167065)
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s 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 Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s 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 wouldn’t 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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The story went back in time to gently lead you up to the night in question, giving hints and red herrings along the way. It was funny, it was sad and as I said at the beginning , I loved it. .
I thought this was going to be a story about “yummy mummies” having Latte’s and Babyccino’s at the cafe of a morning after dropping their “gifted” children off at Primary school.
Not quite so,in fact it pretty much gets straight into the nitty gritty…
It starts off with orientation day at Pirriwee Primary School in Sydney, with all the mums, and some dads, bringing their children for their first day of school…and that’s where something happens which sets in motion a chain of events that causes so much friction among the parents (especially the mothers), the children, and the teachers alike, that still, many months later has snowballed into unreasonable proportions.
1. Check out a book from your local library.
2. Read it.
3. Notice to your joy that your library now allows you to renew books not once but twice (provided no one has a hold on the book in question).
4. Resist the urge to review your book in a timely manner. “I’ve got plenty of time” should be your theme song.
5. Keep saying this as the weeks go by and the story gets ever dimmer in your memory.
6. Notice that the book you haven’t reviewed yet is now due at the library.
7. Notice that a bunch of its buddies are also due.
8. Go into a book-reviewing panic, jotting down whatever you can remember about the book in question. (“The font was good! And…there was a cover!Yeah!”)
9. Rack up a bunch of overdue fees.
10. Muse bitterly on the irony of returning your book late exactly because you were allowed to keep it out so long in the first place.
Intricate, consuming, explicitly truthful and damningly surreal
I have a bit of history with Liane Moriarty and I trust her as the pilot to my fictional journeys. In her latest novel Big Little Lies, she spares no expense on weaving a masterful tale of three women that lead completely different lives, yet find a way to embrace the difficulties of every day existence.
I’ll try to keep my review short as there are lots of them out there. As you can tell from my rating, I liked it. A lot.
Despite its deceptive simplicity, it was a clever, extremely clever novel. The character development was exceptional. It all felt very real and so familiar. My kids are in primary school, so many characters and situations were relatable.