Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

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big little lies moriartyThis book comes with trigger warnings for sexual violence and domestic violence.

Jane, Madeline, and Celeste are all mothers of children at Pirriwee Public School. Single, divorced, and unhappily married respectively, each woman finds an easy friendship with one another despite the vast differences in their lifestyles. Over the course of the school year the three get to know one another whilst combating school yard drama, helicopter parents, holier-than-thou ex husbands, and painful secrets of both the past, and the present, all of which culminate in a tragedy at the school’s Trivia Night fundraiser.

Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of Jane, Madeline or Celeste, and the perspective switches rapidly. This not only keeps the story interesting, but it also allows the reader to experience the same events through different characters. I found that it enabled me to better understand the story. Each character has a unique sense of humor, meaning that each chapter is hilarious in a different way. Despite the sometimes tragic subject matter, Moriarty manages to keep an overall hopeful, light-hearted tone, but she is never glib. The book is a balance of tragedy and comedy, petty squabbles, and serious issues, and ultimately a highly enjoyable read.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Big Little Lies.

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