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Big Little Lies (2014)

by Liane Moriarty

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Fiction. Literature. "What a wonderful writer-smart, wise, funny." -Anne Lamott 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. She's just turned forty-forty?! 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.… (more)
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This book hit me at exactly the right time as I'm currently in the lead up to my youngest daughter beginning pre primary. The year that was Kindy is fresh in my mind and I felt I could connect with many of the characters in some way.

The beginning of the book tells us there has been a murder and as the story progresses I was splitting the characters in to "Please Don't Die" and "You Can Die" categories and then found myself 'saving' characters after horribly misjudging them.

This book is the right amount of suspenseful, emotional, political, enlightening and funny to keep me interested the whole way through without being too much of anything.

I would consider this a light read but with the extra elements making it memorable. ( )
  Incredibooks | Mar 1, 2024 |
Couldn't put it down! Great story! Love this author! ( )
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
Comedy
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
“Oh calamity.” - Overused phrase

This works much better as a tv series. I’m glad I had already seen it to help me keep everyone straight. There are so many characters with few variances. About on par with Truly Madly Guilty, but better than Nine Perfect Strangers. I’m probably not a Liane Moriarty fan tho so I doubt I’ll seek out more works. ( )
  ilkjen | Feb 13, 2024 |
First book I've read by this author. Kept my interest. Looking for more! ( )
  aefsargent | Feb 6, 2024 |
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Moriarty, Lianeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, KerstinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, CarolineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strandberg, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taupeau, BéatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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You hit me, you hit me,
now you have to kiss me.


— Schoolyard chant
Pirriwee Public School

...where we live and learn by the sea!  
Pirriwee Public is a BULLY-FREE ZONE!  
We do not bully.  
We do not accept being bullied.  
We never keep bullying a secret.  
We have the courage to speak up
if we see our friends bullied.  
We say NO to bullies!
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With love to Margaret
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"That doesn't sound like school trivia night," said Mrs. Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette. "That sounds like a riot."
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Fiction. Literature. "What a wonderful writer-smart, wise, funny." -Anne Lamott 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. She's just turned forty-forty?! 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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