Big Little Lies

I just finished Big Little Lies, the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty.  I was interested in it because Reese Witherspoon is adapting it into a HBO mini-series.  The book kept me completely engaged, especially toward the end when the action picked up and all of the pieces began to fall into place.

Big Little Lies tells the story of Jane, a single mother who moves with her kindergartner son to a Australian beach community.  The story starts out with the idea that a tragedy has happened at a school event and there are interview excerpts with witnesses and school community members interspersed between chapters.  The book deals with some heavy issues, including bullying and domestic violence, and is almost tough to read at points.  I especially identified with the description of the mom-cliques at the school.  As a mother of a first grader and a pre-schooler, I am way too familiar with how parents can be just a cliquey as their children.

It will be interesting to see the mini-series play out.  Besides Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley are also going to star.


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