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Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty


Overview - Check out the #1"New York Times"bestseller"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty, called a surefire hit by "Entertainment Weekly."
Soon to be a major HBO(r) series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon
"The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...
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Overview

Check out the #1"New York Times"bestseller"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty, called a surefire hit by "Entertainment Weekly."
Soon to be a major HBO(r) series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon
"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"
"Reading one ofLiane Moriarty's novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic... BIG LITTLE LIES] is a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read "USA Today"
"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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399167065
  • ISBN-10: 0399167064
  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 460
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

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Moms behaving badly

BookPage Fiction Top Pick, August 2014

Australian author Liane Moriarty portrays elementary school drama in her latest page-turner, Big Little Lies, which comes on the heels of her first U.S. bestseller, The Husband’s Secret. At Pirriwee Public School, petty jealousies and rumors all come to the surface in one “perfect storm”—otherwise known as the annual trivia night.

Amid a large cast of kindergarten parents, Moriarty focuses on three women: Madeline, not pleased she’s turning 40; Celeste, a raving beauty whose husband is obscenely wealthy; and newcomer Jane, a young single mom who just recently moved to the pristine beachside community of Pirriwee.

Madeline and her husband Ed have a daughter, Chloe, in kindergarten, and a 7-year-old son, as well as a 14-year-old daughter, Abigail, from her first marriage. Her ex-husband and his young wife, a free-spirited yoga fanatic, have a daughter who will be in Chloe’s class at Pirriwee Public, much to Madeline’s dismay. When Madeline befriends Jane and introduces her to Celeste, whose twins are also entering kindergarten at Pirriwee, the three women and their children enter what Madeline describes as “a minefield” of school politics together—one they must start navigating on the very first day.

Over the six months preceding the school’s most eventful trivia night ever, Moriarty reveals some of those politics, as well as secrets harbored by each of these women—even as they become close friends. Bullying, infidelity and more enter the picture in surprising ways, reminding readers that everyone has secrets. Moriarty has crafted a great summer read full of perceptive glimpses into the many guises of human relationships: mother-child, husband-wife (and ex-wife) and above all, the strong bond of female friendships.

 

This article was originally published in the August 2014 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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