Thursday, September 11, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (audio)

Big Little Lies

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Check out the #1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called “a surefire hit” by Entertainment Weekly.

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s 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. 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.

My thoughts:
This was a fun, twisty read.  Some of the story takes place chronologically, but through out the book there are snippets and reactions from less front and center characters about what happened at the parents night out fundraiser.  You know someone is dead, but no one seems to know exactly how it happened and the name of the person who has died is not revealed until very near the end.  I found myself hoping for a certain character to be the one to meet the oncoming demise, but at the same time I very much hoped it wasn't some of the other characters for one reason or another and very much feared it was going to be a certain one.

It starts in a small, beachside town in Australia, at kindergarten orientation day.  One experienced mom of three, whose youngest is starting school, one mom of twins and one single, very young mother meet on the first day and become friends.  The veteran mom, Madeline,  tells all about the school politics involved in the PTO, what to do and what not to do and the whole hierarchy of parents.  Celeste seems distracted and confused, but as a mom of twins with boundless energy everyone accepts it without looking for any other cause and Jane, a young single mother new to town, desperately wants to fit in without making waves.  Then a girl accuses Jane's son of having choked her and he denies it and things start to happen.

How can we teach children to tell the truth when adults are just as apt to tell lies in both big and small ways and is there really a big lie and a small lie?  Is it lying to not tell the truth because a friend asked you not to?  As secrets from the past and the present are told and revealed, each character has to come to grips with who they are now and where they are going from here and how honest they are going to be.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399167065
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 480

Meet the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of five novels, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and the best-selling Three Wishes and The Husband’s Secret. The Husband’s Secret reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list, was a number one bestseller in the UK, sold close to two million copies worldwide, has been optioned for a film, and will be translated into more than thirty-five languages. Moriarty lives in Sydney with her husband, son, and daughter.

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