Monday, January 25, 2016

Bookshelf: Big Little Lies

A couple of months ago one of my girlfriends who I regularly swap books with started reading Liane Moriarty's BIG LITTLE LIES and was gushing over how juicy it was. I nearly took it on vacation with me but THE ROYAL WE took precedence. So last week I finally picked it up and basically couldn't put it down. 

BIG LITTLE LIES is the story of a small coastal town in Australia, specifically the mothers of kindergartners at Pirriwee Public. The story follows, Celeste (perfect family, perfect life, or so you'd think), Madeline (her ex-husband enrolls his child in the same kindy class as her own daughter), and Jane (single mother, 24, her son is accused of bullying at orientation and things spiral immediately out of control). I laughed many times while reading this but it also has some very serious undertones which I won't go into as to not spoil it. But from the beginning you know that one of the Pirriwee parents is dead. Probably the best part of the book is the interview comments with various school parents at the end of each chapter. It's just so catty and hysterical. 

I don't know if it's because I'm a writer myself or because I read a lot of books and watch probably too much TV but I nearly always know significant details before the author comes out with it. For example, Jane's son Ziggy is fatherless, but less than a quarter of the way into the book I figured out who the father was (the answer isn't explicitly stated until the end). However, I still wasn't sure who was going to die until the moment happened, so that was a nice surprise to be wrong about.

BIG LITTLE LIES would be a fantastic vacation read. It is currently filming in Monterey as an eight-part series for HBO staring Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, James Tupper, Alexander Skarsgard, and Zoe Kravitz. I am hopeful that they'll do the story justice, have you laughing in all the right places, cringing at the others. Add it to your list of books to read!

Happy Reading!

1 comment

  1. Ooo. This sounds like one I'd really like. Perhaps I can borrow it next!


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