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Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

Putnam Adult | July 29, 2014 | Hardcover

Big Little Lies is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Check out the #1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called “a surefire hit” by Entertainment Weekly.
 
"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 [of Liane 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.34 × 6.27 × 1.57 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399167064

ISBN - 13: 9780399167065

Found in: Fiction

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Calamity I've come to rather enjoy books by this author. This latest was a wonderful surprise. The characters are well developed and flawed. Each harbours their own secret and/or big little lie. The book flashes between a series of narrators, and also a police investigation and media interview regarding a death at the parent trivia night at a school. There are some serious twists and turns I did not foresee. The author doesn't surprise with the twists out of the blue, in hindsight I might have imagined them coming, but didn't and that made it all the more interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from definitely holds your interest I really liked this book, which totally surprised me because I thought it would be rather mundane and obvious but I certainly looked forward to getting back to the book and was totally hooked on who would be dead at the end of the story. Definitely a great "take away on vacation book".
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! I am not normally one who would write a review, but I absolutely loved this book! I practically read it in one day because I was just so curious to see what happened next. Moriarty writes the book in a really interesting manner that leaves you trying to discover all the stories of each character. Seriously. A great read that I never would have initially thought to pick up. Give it a shot - you won't regret it!
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bit more than just a light, summer read... I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and I was expecting a light, quick read. This book is so much more than that. It deals with some very serious issues! The author does a great job of pulling you into the book by starting with a death. You know that someone dies, but you don't know who or how until almost the end of the book. There are some lighthearted moments, regular every day life kinds of things that make you laugh out loud, but overall, I would say this book is more serious than funny. I really enjoy this author's books and hope she writes many more.
Date published: 2014-07-07

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Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.34 × 6.27 × 1.57 in

Published: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399167064

ISBN - 13: 9780399167065

Read from the Book

***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***   Copyright © 2014 by Liane Moriarty  Chapter 1 “That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night,” said Mrs. Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette. “That sounds like a riot.” The cat didn’t respond. She was dozing on the couch and found school trivia nights to be trivial. “Not interested, eh? Let them eat cake! Is that what you’re thinking? They do eat a lot of cake, don’t they? All those cake stalls. Goodness me. Although I don’t think any of the mothers ever actually eat them. They’re all so sleek and skinny, aren’t they? Like you.” Marie Antoinette sneered at the compliment. The “let them eat cake” thing had grown old a long time ago, and she’d recently heard one of Mrs. Ponder’s grandchildren say it was meant to be “let them eat brioche” and also that Marie Antoinette never said it in the first place. Mrs. Ponder picked up her television remote and turned down the volume on Dancing with the Stars . She’d turned it up loud earlier because of the sound of the heavy rain, but the rain had eased now. She could hear people shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the quiet, cold night air. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs. Ponder to hear, as if all that rage were directed at her. (Mrs. Ponder had grown up with an angry mother.) “Goodness me. Do you think they’re arguing over the cap
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Check out the #1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called “a surefire hit” by Entertainment Weekly.
 
"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 [of Liane 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.

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the author of five novels, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and the best-selling Three Wishes and The Husband’s Secret. The Husband’s Secret reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list, was a number one bestseller in the UK, sold close to two million copies worldwide, has been optioned for a film, and will be translated into more than thirty-five languages. Moriarty lives in Sydney with her husband, son, and daughter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Big Little Lies : “Ms. Moriarty’s long-parched fans have something new to dig into….in ways that may give  Big Little Lies  even more staying power than  The Husband’s Secret. ” — The New York Times “Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth,  Big Little Lies  is a terrific follow-up to  The Husband’s Secret .” — Booklist  (starred review) “ Big Little Lies  tolls a warning bell about the big little lies we tell in order to survive. It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems more reminiscent of a middle-school dance.”— The Washington Post “Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise “perfect” family unit…. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal  (starred review) “Irresistible…Exposing the fault lines in what looks like perfection is a specialty of Liane Moriarty… Moriarty’s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out.” — People Magazine   "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 re
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