Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. She's just turned forty - forty! Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline's teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline's ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn't be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. 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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, Inc., [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490627298
1490627294
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (15 hr., 55 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lee, Caroline 1953-
Recorded Books, Inc

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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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