I think, Liane Moriarty may be my new favorite author. She has a way of taking what we portray as regular life and using every day situations to bring to light all the shame, lies, and scandal we keep buried deep down. She writes in an honest and thought provoking way; a breath of fresh air is what I gain when I open one of her paperbacks.
Little Bitty Lies takes place in the beach town of the Perriwee Peninsula, a picturesque place with happiness on all their brochures. Starting with the ladies Madeline, Jane and Celeste who all have children beginning kindergarten. The three ladies are unlikely friends in that one is a regular suburbia mom, one a millionaire, and one who is a good 15 years younger than all of the other mothers. These women share their stories with each other and form a bond, but tend to hide their skeletons until they have no choice but to reveal what’s really going on.
This book is filled with the daily drama of schoolyard children, the drama of their interfering parents and just what happens when the two worlds collide. Taking on issues such as infidelity, co-parenting, abuse and bullying with a large dose of laughter to keep it balanced, this book ended up feeling very real and not like fiction at all. Moriarty will have you in stitches when she describes the “blond bobs,” and the twins better known as monsters, but she’ll have you in tears when reveling how very little we know about one another. Moriarty does an excellent job of keeping her readers guessing, cheering, and screaming at the town of Perriwee. An impossible book to put down, and one you will not want to pass up.
And I just discovered that HBO is turning the book into a TV series starring Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman.