It all starts with kindergarten orientation. Madeline has been through it before and is ready for all the politics that go along with a group of moms who all think their kids are special. Celeste is frazzled and anxious about her very active twin boys starting kindergarten. And Jane, a young single mother who just moved to town, is worried that her son won't fit in with the other kids. These three women are all brought together because of their children, but there's a lot more to each of their stories.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a novel about friendship, marriage, motherhood and all the little lies we tell each other every day. We get to see inside each of the three women's lives, the good, the bad and the ugly. Jane is sad and overly worried about her son, Ziggy. She has moved often and never feels comfortable enough to settle down. Madeline and Celeste befriend her and try to understand more about her past and her fears.
Madeline is dealing with a teenaged daughter who seems to like her stepmother more than her own mother. And she has to face that stepmother and her ex-husband far too often since their younger daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's daughter with her second husband. Meanwhile, Celeste, who everyone thinks is perfect, is trying to cover up her serious marital problems.
I loved Big Little Lies, perhaps because it hasn't been long since I was a kindergarten mom. But it's also because of the characters and the way Moriarty writes. I've really enjoyed everything I've read of hers. She has a knack for creating characters who are realistic. No one is perfect; no one is completely flawed. The characters interact naturally with one another, and the storyline is engaging but not outrageous.
If you're looking for a suspenseful contemporary novel about family and friendship, I highly recommend Big Little Lies.
My Rating: 5/5
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