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Big Little Lies Paperback – August 11, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014: What is it about Liane Moriarty’s books that makes them so irresistible? They’re just classic “domestic” novels about marriage, motherhood, and modern upper-middle-class family life, after all. And despite the fact that Big Little Lies is Moriarty’s sixth adult novel (and it comes decades after the grandmother of this kind of thing, Bridget Jones’ Diary), it is remarkably new and fresh and winning Set in an Australian suburb, Big Little Lies focuses on three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool. One is a great beauty married to a fabulously rich businessman; they have a “perfect” set of twins. One is the can-do mom who can put together a mean pre-school art project but can’t prevent her teenage daughter from preferring her divorced dad. The third is a withdrawn, single mother who doesn’t quite fit in. Right from the start--thanks to a modern “Greek chorus” that narrates the action--we know that someone is going to end up dead. The questions are who and how. Miraculously, Moriarty keeps this high concept plot aloft, largely because she infuses it with such wit and heart. She also knows not to overplay the message she’s sending: that we all tell lies--to each other and, more importantly, to ourselves. --Sara Nelson--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“A hell of a good book. Funny and scary.”—Stephen King
“If you're looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher…look no further. Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit.”—Oprah.com
“[Reading] Liane Moriarty’s page-turning, bestselling novels…is a bit like
drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic.”—USA Today
"The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Irresistible…Moriarty’s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning pages.”—People
“What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny.”—Anne Lamott
“Big Little Lies [may have] even more staying power than The Husband’s Secret.”—The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
The author cleverly satirizes working mothers who boast about their ability to juggle their careers and home lives, and also pokes fun at affluent moms who lord it over their "inferiors." There are several standouts among the large cast: Forty-year old Madeline Mackenzie is good-hearted and outspoken when she perceives any sort of injustice. Two other women tug at our heartstrings: Twenty-four year old Jane Chapman is a single mum, whose five-year-old boy, Ziggy, is accused of bullying. The gorgeous Celeste White is married to a rich and handsome man, but her chums do not realize that her personal life is far from idyllic.
As Moriarty digs beneath the surface of each individual's façade, she demonstrates that what appear to be harmless lies can inflict a great deal of damage, especially when the falsehoods conceal ugly truths. So much grief might be avoided if people would be more honest with themselves and others. Along with her exploration of timely themes, Moriarty entertains us with sparkling dialogue, sharp humor, and a gripping mystery. "Big Little Lies" is a page-turner that will undoubtedly attract a large and appreciative audience.
Madeline Martha Mackenzie is a 40 year old throw-back to the screw ball comedies. She has the mouth, the wardrobe and her heart is in the right place when not suffering from her monthly PMS. She lives in the same town with her ex-husband, Nathan and his yoga chanting, euphorically perfect second wife, Bonnie. Nathan left Madeline and their newborn infant 14 years ago, and while Madeline has re-married a wonderful man and has two children with him, it still hurts that their 14 year old daughter now wants to live with her ex and his wife.
It would seem that Celeste has it all. She is a beautiful woman, married to a very wealthy man, Perry, and has two adorable twin boys attending Pirriwee Public School. What looks to be a perfect relationship to others, can become toxic when the couple is behind closed doors. This is a fact that is finally becoming glaringly clear, even to Celeste.
Jane is a single mother raising her five year old boy, Ziggy, with the help of her mother and father, who live near by. She has just moved to the Pirriwee Peninsula, after taking leases in different apartments across Sydney, hoping to finally find a "life that worked". Once an outgoing career oriented 19 year old, she bears the scars of a disastrous sexual encounter.Read more ›
Pirriwee Public is, in many ways, its own little world. The children are well cared for, their academic progress and creativity encouraged to flourish. The parents are mostly middle class, albeit across the income spectrum, and highly engaged in their children's lives--in fact, sometimes too engaged, hovering over their children and becoming involved in every perceived slight or risk.
A young single mom, Jane, moves to town, enrolling her young son at Pirriwee Public,and gets off to a bad start when one of the influential mothers mistakes Jane for a nanny. However Madeline, one of the more irreverent and confident mothers, strikes up a friendship with Jane. Soon, Madeline introduces Jane around time, and Jane is even included in a friendship with Celeste, whose twin sons attend Pirriwee Public.
When Jane's son is accused of bullying before school even formally begins, schisms and battle lines rapidly appear between the mothers that rule the school, the new mom and her friends, and other parents. The story raises questions about how involved parents should be in the school lives of their children, and the fine line between ensuring your child is safe and helping them become independent and able to face adversity.
Big Little Lies unfolds from the perspective of each of the three primary characters, exploring their personal thoughts and lives as well as their child's school lives. Through a series of questions excerpted from police interviews and included in each chapter, the reader knows from almost the beginning that a tragedy has occurred to one of the parents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably my favorite Moriarty book yet! I've read 3 or four of her books and have liked them all, but this one had just the right amount of everything... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Rebecca M Castillo
Love this book I also read the husband secret to I could not put it downPublished 1 day ago by orsin e. ramos
I like this author's books because they're interesting and a good mystery. They're not heavy with espionage or murders but about moms like us. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Decorating Diva
Such a great read with fascinating characters - I couldn't put it down! Two days well spent on the couch!Published 1 day ago by Rachel A. McDowell
She's done it again. I stayed up all night to feel like I'm living another person's life, feeling their emotions, and understanding their pain. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The Book started out slow. I would read little as nD then put it away. Once I got half way into to the book, it captured my interest. Read morePublished 1 day ago by judy tulgren