Big Little Lies
by Liane MoriartyAs vacation comes to an end, I finished another RA Favorite book: Big Little Lies by Liane Morairty. Set in Australia, the book brings together the stories of a group of mothers whose children are entering kindergarten in a local public school. Each of the three main characters are connecting through their children and their own journeys in life: neglect, refusal, and rape/domestic violence at the hands of men. At the same time, a side story is presented through the children, one of whom is wrongly accused of bullying another child in the classroom. In the end, the characters and stories all tie in when a tragedy occurs involving the death of one of the women's husbands. In many ways, the book reminds me of a Jodi Piccoult book, where the story is okay but the message is the ‘main thing’ that makes it worth reading. I have heard that the book turned into a movie/TV series, which was pretty popular. Unsure how different the book is from the movie. I did listen to this one on tape, so the dramatic effect was much akin to a movie. It is a microcosm of much of what happens in our society today: ‘urban legend’ fiction becoming fact and the inevitable bonding over shared misery. A bit of what was termed many years ago as the “chick flick” genre. Real life at its best. It does have some good “oh wow, I didn’t expect that” moments. Probably a good beach read.