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A little white lie never hurt anyone…

September 5, 2017

Set in Australia, ‘Big Little Lies’ by Liane Moriarty is the contemporary story of three friends, linked because all their five-year-olds have started school together. The novel starts sort of at the end, with the police investigating a mysterious death at the school Trivia Quiz. As they interview parents, in flashback the story begins to unfold about the consequences of a new friendship between three women…

Madeline is forty, with a rebellious teenage daughter from her first marriage, and a young son and daughter from her second marriage to Ed. To complicate matters, her first husband has moved nearby with his new wife and their five-year-old daughter has started at the same school.

Celeste is the beautiful wife of an extremely successful hedge-fund manager, Perry, and they have twin five-year-old boys. They live in a huge mansion on the waterfront, and have so much money Celeste doesn’t know what to do with it all. On the surface, their life looks perfect, but as the story progresses, we come to know that there is a very dark secret.

Jane is twenty-four and she recently moved because she is looking for someone … hoping and yet, not hoping, to find him.  Unfortunately, on his first day, five-year-old Ziggy is accused of bullying a little girl.  He is ‘convicted’ by public opinion, even though he swears he didn’t do anything, and other children are instructed to shun him. Furious at this treatment of her new friend, Madeline starts a cold war with the other mothers and the school is soon divided. As the school term progresses, the shennagins of the mothers continue while Jane is quietly trying to uncover the real truth.

Meanwhile, Celeste takes steps to achieve a better future.  But it’s a fine line she’s walking, and the consequences end up being extremely dire.

Also produced for television by Netflix, starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

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