Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ?sharing is caring.? So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it?s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal ... Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Publisher: [Melbourne, Vic.] : Bolinda audio, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged ed.
ISBN: 9781486238453
Additional Contributors: Lee, Caroline

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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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