Traveling With T received this copy at BEA for consideration of a review.
Big Little Lies
Kindergarten orientation. Career Moms vs Stay at Home Moms. Bullying. School politics. And a dead body. The lives of these families will never be the same.
BIG LITTLE LIES begins with a trivia night and an elderly woman talking to her cat about the folks at the school. By the end of the first chapter- we know that someone died. We don’t know who. We don’t know why. But we are treated to bits and pieces of info from the parents all throughout the book- as well as a countdown to X time before Trivia Night- when the incident went down. When Madeline gets out of her car at a red light to let a young driver know to stop texting while driving (as she was before arriving at the light), Madeline feels like she has done her good deed for the day. The sky is blue, she’s on her way to Kindergarten orientation, it’s her 40th birthday and then it happens: She slips and twists her ankle (Oh, calamity!)
Lucky for Madeline, Jane and her boy Ziggy are right behind her at the red light. And Jane helps Madeline and Chloe get to the orientation (lucky for Jane that Madeline is with her- she’s new to the area and feels nervous.) Jane, Madeline and Celeste all meet and since it’s Madeline’s birthday (and Madeline loves champagne)- champagne is consumed. And a friendship is born between the 3 women.
Then… an incident happens at the Kindergarten Orientation- and it sets the women in a tizzy. Lines began to be drawn in the sand. And you’re either Team Renata or Team Madeline.
As BIG LITTLE LIES continues on- we begin to find out more about these women- the secrets they are holding, the interactions, the how’s and why’s. While BIG LITTLE LIES has a very serious message- the message is told through pages that have lines of humor, lines that will almost make you cry from laughing so hard.
“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”
I mean- really?! LOVING it.
Liane Moriarty reveals bit by bit- crumb by crumb… until find out the who, why and how of the incident at Trivia Night. And with that- makes you question everything you know about friendship, family and the lengths you will go for a friend.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, last year when I read THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty- I liked it. I did. I thought it was well-written and highly discussable. But, wowza folks- BIG LITTLE LIES is on a whole other planet. It’s got the highly discussable angle PLUS it has humor. At several places, I found myself laughing at the lines- mainly Madeline’s lines- but everyone manages to get a zinger or two in.
When Madeline compares to hearing about Bonnie to how Jennifer Anniston must feel about hearing about Brad and Angelina and their do-goodness selves- well… Priceless.
Lest you think this book is a laugh a minute riot- it’s not. It’s got a serious hook, something that is timely and should be discussed. But- it does take time to be funny- which I adore.
The whole Mommy wars, the serious side, and the moments of frivolity- that is why you should read BIG LITTLE LIES. Read because you want to be entertained and educated.
Highly recommending for book clubs- it’s long- but the pages fly. Grab a bottle of wine and discuss the book with your best friend!
*Traveling With T received a copy of BIG LITTLE LIES from Putnam Books while at BEA 2014. All above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T