A parent is dead. In the schoolyard. But is it murder, or was it a tragic accident? Everyone conjectures, except the indisputable fact — someone is dead.
From the beginning, we know that someone is going to end up dead.
Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has just ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead, and everyone just knows how it might have happened. They conjecture, and so the story begins and follows the heart-wrenching (and breaking), tragic (and challenging) story of second wives and ex-husbands, and new friendships and old betrayals — and schoolyard politics.
But who did what?
Three women, a great beauty married to a fabulously rich businessman; a withdrawn, single mother, finding and failing with ways to fit in; and a can-do mom who is capable of putting together the meanest of art projects but fails to prevent her teenage daughter from preferring her divorced father.
Then there are the subplots, and the lies no one realizes they have told themselves. Big little lies is a “domestic” classic that speaks about motherhood, marriage, and modern upper-middle-class family life— it’s a glimpse of what really happens behind closed doors in the Australian suburbia.
The Three Women
The Big little lies is a story of Madeline, Celeste, and Jane, the three women who have just one thing in common — children at the same school.
Then there are the lies… little ones.
Big Little Lies follow three women, each at a crossroad, and each women’s choice fatefully intertwined by the small dangerous lies that each of them, and each of us tells ourselves each day.
Madeline is an unforgiving in character, un-forgetful of events that pass her, sleazy with her tongue (both funny and biting), and a passionate force to be reckoned with. She is a divorcee.
Her ex-husband, and his yogi new wife have done something to torch here very being — thrice, in one go. They have moved in her beloved beachside community, and sent their daughter in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest. Then there is her teenage daughter…
A mother of the perfect twins, Celeste is the women whose looks would make the world stop. And stare. But she is concerned about the twins, and her new place alongside her husband as the king and queen of the school’s parent’s body where the twins are set to go. Then there is the price to royalty, and how much she is willing to pay.
Often mistaken for a nanny, her sadness and secret doubts about her devouring her body and soul, she is taken under the wings of Madeline and Celeste. Neither of which realize her sadness, nor how the her boy will sew their fates so abruptly and crudely together — with little lies.
Set in the Australian suburb, the story tears across the entire length of the suburban lifestyle as each woman symbolizes little lies of different classes, and their lifestyles. The three women play their parts, as if to replay the eternal tragedy, to explain its agony, and to tell how the little lies turn out to be the most lethal things… little lies….as Liane Moriarty vividly and evocatively reminds, are what we keep telling ourselves each day.