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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Kindergarten Moms Kicking Sand At Each Other and Other Fun Things

Liane Moriarty! Your specific brand of pop fiction about the modern day family has struck a chord in my heart and I am a fan of yours now.


Emily at As the Crowe Flies posted about Big Little Lies aaaages ago, and I thought it looked interesting, but it was v. popular for quite a while, so not easy to obtain. I recently saw it just sitting on my library's shelf, so I grabbed it. 

So great! So readable! And it has that brand of "real" characters that makes you think partway through 'If X knew what Y was thinking about them, their feelings would be hurt.' X DOESN'T CARE BECAUSE X DOES NOT EXIST, but try telling your brain that. Bless fiction.

Big Little Lies is about the mothers of a kindergarten class in Pirriwee, Australia. It revolves around three: Jane, Celeste, and Madeline, all of whom are great and I love them and let's all praise Liane Moriarty and her characters. (note: I love Celeste and Madeline more than Jane) Here's Madeline being drunk:

The Madeline of tomorrow was going to regret every word she said tonight, but the Madeline of right now was exhilarated by the removal of all those pesky inhibitions. How wonderful to let the words just come slip-sliding out of her mouth.

The beginning of the book lets you know that someone has died or maybe been murdered, and you spend the whole damn book going "Is it you? Is it you?? But now I've spent so much time with you and I like you so much DON'T BE THE MURDERED ONE PLEASE." 

I get so excited when I read things that aren't like, The Gordon Riots of 1780, because then when someone asks me for recommendations I can be like "Oh! I think you might genuinely like this very contemporary book that has no 18th century English mobs in it at all" (although there are some very belligerent/drunken 21st century kindergarten parents).

Moriarty's relatable and real and funny and Imma read all her books.

...and then let's discuss it.


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