Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Audiobook CD - 2014
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The new novel from the author of The Husband's Secret
A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2014
ISBN: 9781611762860
1611762863
Branch Call Number: FIC Moria
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (ca. 16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lee, Caroline 1953-

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LibDeb
Feb 12, 2018

Far better than the Netflix series, and would love to go to the location in Australia that inspired this story!

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tegan
Sep 29, 2017

So good!!

Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

The first few chapters, I was irritated and feeling like I wasn't going to get through the book, much less enjoy it. The portrayal of the kindie moms is satirical and deliberately superficial, and even knowing it is humorous, it was aggravating.

I'm glad I stuck it through. The story settled in and I fell in love with it and the excellent narration. It was the first time in a while I've wanted to listen everywhere I go so I can hear what happens next. I was not quite as quick as others to figure out who-done-it and who-died, and didn't see a couple twists coming.

As others have pointed out, the story has a central theme of domestic violence. She throws a few other weighty topics into orbit and manages it without creating a book that is too dark or too heavy. There's sweetness and humor to offset the dark. She slips neatly under the skin and rolls back layers of human behavior - the complexity and malleability of our feelings, our perceptions, our justifications to avoid, to move towards, to cling. She deftly weaves the concept of "what we see and the stories we tell ourselves" into the narrative.

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SuzeParker
Jun 04, 2016

I listened to this book on CD, and found myself making excuses to stay in the car a few more minutes every time I got to a meeting or pulled into the garage. It was sad and funny and insightful and provocative all at once, with highly relatable characters. Really good!

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JudithE
Jun 06, 2015

Loved it. Complex story about relationships. Quite feminist in the final analysis, about bad things that can happen to women and girls and about the strength of women together. (It also has some lovely male-female relationships.)

mayfairlady Nov 23, 2014

Fabulous story, good narration.

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