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רּ  ᅿ Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In) torrenting sites ᐥ Book By Liane Moriarty ᑒ רּ ᅿ Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In) torrenting sites ᐥ Book By Liane Moriarty ᑒ 1.That doesnt sound like a school trivia night, said Mrs PattyPonder to Marie Antoinette That sounds like a riot.The cat didnt respond She was dozing on the couch and found school trivia nights to be trivial.Not interested, eh Let them eat cake Is that what youre thinking They do eat a lot of cake, dont they All those cake stalls Goodness me Although I dont think any of the mothers ever actually eat them Theyre all so sleek and skinny, arent they Like you.Marie Antoinette sneered at the compliment The let them eat cake thing had grown old a long time ago, and shed recently heard one of Mrs Ponders grandchildren say it was meant to be let them eat brioche and also that Marie Antoinette never said it in the first place.Mrs Ponder picked up her television remote and turned down the volume on Dancing with the Stars Shed turned it up loud earlier because of the sound of the heavy rain, but the downpour had eased now.She could hear people shouting Angry hollers crashed through the quiet, cold night air It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage were directed at her Mrs Ponder had grown up with an angry mother Goodness me Do you think theyre arguing over the capital of Guatemala Do you know the capital of Guatemala No I dont either We should Google it Dont sneer at me.Marie Antoinette sniffed.Lets go see whats going on, said Mrs Ponder briskly She was feeling nervous and therefore behaving briskly in front of the cat, the same way shed once done with her children when her husband was away and there were strange noises in the night.Mrs Ponder heaved herself up with the help of her walker Marie Antoinette slid her slippery body comfortingly in between Mrs Ponders legs she wasnt falling for the brisk act as she pushed the walker down the hallway to the back of the house.Her sewing room looked straight out onto the school yard of Pirriwee Public.Mum, are you mad You cant live this close to a primary school, her daughter had said when she was first looking at buying the house.But Mrs Ponder loved to hear the crazy babble of childrens voices at intervals throughout the day, and she no longer drove, so she couldnt care less that the street was jammed with those giant, truck like cars they all drove these days, with women in big sun glasses leaning across their steering wheels to call out terribly urgent information about Harrietts ballet and Charlies speech therapy.Mothers took their mothering so seriously now Their frantic little faces Their busy little bottoms strutting into the school in their tight gym gear Ponytails swinging Eyes fixed on the mobile phones held in the palms of their hands like compasses It made Mrs Ponder laugh Fondly though Her three daughters, although older, were exactly the same And they were all so pretty.How are you this morning she always called out if she was on the front porch with a cup of tea or watering the front garden as they went by.Busy, Mrs Ponder Frantic they always called back, trot ting along, yanking their childrens arms They were pleasant and friendly and just a touch condescending because they couldnt help it She was so old They were so busy The fathers, and there were and of them doing the school run these days, were different They rarely hurried, strolling past with a measured casualness No big deal All under control That was the message Mrs Ponder chuckled fondly at them too.But now it seemed the Pirriwee Public parents were misbehaving She got to the window and pushed aside the lace curtain The school had recently paid for a window guard after a cricket ball had smashed the glass and nearly knocked out Marie Antoinette A group of Year 3 boys had given her a hand painted apology card, which she kept on her fridge There was a two story sandstone building on the other side of the playground with an event room on the second level and a big balcony with ocean views Mrs Ponder had been there for a few functions a talk by a local historian, a lunch hosted by the Friends of the Library It was quite a beautiful room Sometimes ex students had their wedding receptions there Thats where theyd be having the school trivia night They were raising funds for SMART Boards, whatever they were Mrs Ponder had been invited as a matter of course Her proximity to the school gave her a funny sort of honorary status, even though shed never had a child or grandchild attend Shed said no thank you to the school trivia night invitation She thought school events without the children in attendance were pointless.The children had their weekly school assembly in the same room Each Friday morning, Mrs Ponder set herself up in the sewing room with a cup of English Breakfast and a ginger nut biscuit The sound of the children singing f loating down from the second floor of the building always made her weep Shed never believed in God, except when she heard children singing.There was no singing now.Mrs Ponder could hear a lot of bad language She wasnt a prude about bad languageher eldest daughter swore like a trooperbut it was upsetting and disconcerting to hear someone maniacally screaming that particular four letter word in a place that was normally filled with childish laughter and shouts.Are you all drunk she said.Her rain splattered window was at eye level with the entrance doors to the building, and suddenly people began to spill out Security lights illuminated the paved area around the entrance like a stage set for a play Clouds of mist added to the effect.It was a strange sight.The parents at Pirriwee Public had a baff ling fondness for costume parties It wasnt enough that they should have an ordinary trivia night she knew from the invitation that some bright spark had decided to make it an Audrey and Elvis trivia night, which meant that the women all had to dress up as Audrey Hepburn and the men had to dress up as Elvis Presley That was another reason Mrs Ponder had turned down the invitation Shed always abhorred costume parties It seemed that the most popular rendition of Audrey Hepburn was the Breakfast at Tiffanys look All the women were wearing long black dresses, white gloves and pearl chokers Meanwhile, the men had mostly chosen to pay tribute to the Elvis of the latter years They were all wearing shiny white jumpsuits, glittery gemstones and plunging necklines The women looked lovely The poor men looked perfectly ridiculous.As Mrs Ponder watched, one Elvis punched another across the jaw He staggered back into an Audrey Two Elvises grabbed him from behind and pulled him away An Audrey buried her face in her hands and turned aside, as though she couldnt bear to watch Someone shouted, Stop this Indeed What would your beautiful children think Should I call the police wondered Mrs Ponder out loud, but then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman on the balcony began to scream and scream.Gabrielle It wasnt like it was just the mothers, you know It wouldnt have happened without the dads I guess it started with the mothers We were the main players, so to speak The mums I cant stand the word mum Its a frumpy word Mom is better With an o It sounds skinnier We should change to the American spelling I have body image issues, by the way Who doesnt, right Bonnie It was all just a terrible misunderstanding Peoples feelings got hurt, and then everything just spiraled out of control The way it does All conf lict can be traced back to someones feelings getting hurt, dont you think Divorce World wars Legal action Well, maybe not every legal action Can I offer you an herbal tea Stu Ill tell you exactly why it happened Women dont let things go Not saying the blokes dont share part of the blame But if the girls hadnt gotten their knickers in a knot And that might sound sexist, but its not, its just a fact of life Ask any mannot some new age, artsy fartsy, I wear moisturizer type, I mean a real manask a real man, then hell tell you that women are like the Olympic athletes of grudges You should see my wife in action And shes not even the worst of them.Miss Barnes Helicopter parents Before I started at Pirriwee Public, I thought it was an exaggeration, this thing about parents being overly involved with their kids I mean, my mum and dad loved me, they were, like, interested in me when I was growing up in the nine ties, but they werent, like, obsessed with me.Mrs Lipmann Its a tragedy, and deeply regrettable, and were all trying to move forward I have no further comment.Carol I blame the Erotic Book Club But thats just me.Jonathan There was nothing erotic about the Erotic Book Club, Ill tell you that for free.Jackie You know what I see this as a feminist issue.Harper Who said it was a feminist issue What the heck Ill tell you what started it the incident at the kindergarten orientation day.Graeme My understanding was that it all goes back to the stay at home mums battling it out with the career mums What do they call it The Mummy Wars My wife wasnt involved She doesnt have time for that sort of thing.Thea You journalists are just loving the French nanny angle I heard someone on the radio today talking about the French maid, which Juliette was certainly not Renata had a housekeeper as well Lucky for some I have four children, and no staff to help out Of course, I dont have a problem per se with working mothers, I just wonder why they bothered having children in the first place.Melissa You know what I think got everyone all hot and bothered The head lice Oh my gosh, dont let me get started on the head lice.Samantha The head lice What did that have to do with anything Who told you that I bet it was Melissa, right That poor girl suffered post traumatic stress disorder after her kids kept getting reinfected Sorry Its not funny Its not funny at all.Detective Sergeant Adrian Quinlan Let me be clear This is not a circus This is a murder investigation.2.Six Months Before the Trivia NightForty Madeline Martha Mackenzie was forty years old today I am forty, she said out loud as she drove She drew the word out in slow motion, like a sound effect Fooorty.She caught the eye of her daughter in the rearview mirror Chloe grinned and imitated her mother I am five Fiiiive.Forty trilled Madeline like an opera singer Tra la la la Five trilled Chloe.Madeline tried a rap version, beating out the rhythm on the steering wheel Im forty, yeah, fortyThats enough now, Mummy, said Chloe firmly Sorry, said Madeline.She was taking Chloe to her kindergartenLets Get Kindy Ready orientation Not that Chloe required any orientation before starting school next January She was already very firmly oriented at Pirriwee Public At this mornings drop off Chloe had been busy taking charge of her brother, Fred, who was two years older but often seemed younger Fred, you forgot to put your book bag in the basket Thats it In there Good boy.Fred had obediently dropped his book bag in the appropriate basket before running off to put Jackson in a headlock Madeline had pretended not to see the headlock Jackson probably deserved it Jacksons mother, Renata, hadnt seen it either, because she was deep in conversation with Harper, both of them frowning earnestly over the stress of educating their gifted children Renata and Harper attended the same weekly support group for parents of gifted children Madeline imagined them all sitting in a circle, wringing their hands while their eyes shone with secret pride.While Chloe was busy bossing the other children around at orientation her gift was bossiness, she was going to run a corporation one day , Madeline was going to have coffee and cake with her friend Celeste Celestes twin boys were starting school next year too, so theyd be running amuck at orientation Their gift was shouting Madeline had a headache after five minutes in their company Celeste always bought exquisite and very expensive birthday presents, so that would be nice After that, Madeline was going to drop Chloe off with her mother in law, and then have lunch with some friends before they all rushed off for school pickup The sun was shining She was wearing her gorgeous new Dolce Gabbana stilettos bought online, thirty percent off It was going to be a lovely, lovely day.Let the Festival of Madeline begin her husband, Ed, had said this morning when he brought her coffee in bed Madeline was famous for her fondness of birthdays and celebrations of all kinds Any excuse for champagne.Still Forty.As she drove the familiar route to the school, she considered her magnificent new age Forty She could still feel forty the way it felt when she was fifteen Such a colorless age Marooned in the middle of your life Nothing would matter all that much when you were forty You wouldnt have real feelings when you were forty, because youd be safely cushioned by your frumpy forty ness. Forty year old woman found dead Oh dear. Twenty year old woman found dead Tragedy Sadness Find that murderer Madeline had recently been forced to do a minor shift in her head when she heard something on the news about a woman dying in her forties But, wait, that could be me That would be sad People would be sad if I was dead Devastated, even So there, age obsessed world I might be forty, but I am cherished.On the other hand, it was probably perfectly natural to feel sadder over the death of a twenty year old than a forty year old The forty year old had enjoyed twenty years of life Thats why, if there was a gunman on the loose, Madeline would feel obligated to throw her middle aged self in front of the twenty year old Take a bullet for youth It was only fair.Well, she would, if she could be sure it was a nice young per son Not one of those insufferable ones, like the child driving the little blue Mitsubishi in front of Madeline She wasnt even bothering to hide the fact that she was using her mobile phone while she drove, probably texting or updating her Facebook status.See This kid wouldnt have even noticed the loose gunman She would have been staring vacantly at her phone, while Made line sacrificed her life for her It was infuriating.The little car appeared to be jammed with young people At least three in the back, their heads bobbing about, hands gesticulating Was that somebodys foot waving about It was a tragedy waiting to happen They all needed to concentrate Just last week, Madeline had been having a quick coffee after her ShockWave class and was reading a story in the paper about how all the young people were killing themselves by sending texts while they drove On my way Nearly there These were their last foolish and often misspelled words Madeline had cried over the picture of one teenagers grief stricken mother, absurdly holding up her daughters mobile phone to the camera as a warning to readers.Silly little idiots, she said out loud as the car weaved dangerously into the next lane.Who is an idiot said her daughter from the backseat.The girl driving the car in front of me is an idiot because shes driving her car and using her phone at the same time, said Madeline.Like when you need to call Daddy when were running late said Chloe.I only did that one time protested Madeline And I was very careful and very quick And Im forty years old Today, said Chloe knowledgeably Youre forty years old today.Yes Also, I made a quick call, I didnt send a text You have to take your eyes off the road to text Texting while driving is illegal and naughty, and you must promise to never ever do it when youre a teenager.Her voice quivered at the thought of Chloe being a teenager and driving a car.But youre allowed to make a quick phone call checked Chloe.No Thats illegal too, said Madeline.So that means you broke the law, said Chloe with satisfaction Like a robber.Chloe was currently in love with the idea of robbers She was definitely going to date bad boys one day Bad boys on motorcycles.Stick with the nice boys, Chloe said Madeline after a moment Like Daddy Bad boys dont bring you coffee in bed, Ill tell you that for free.What are you babbling on about, woman sighed Chloe Shed picked this phrase up from her father and imitated his weary tone perfectly Theyd made the mistake of laughing the first time she did it, so shed kept it up, and said it just often enough, and with perfect timing, so that they couldnt help but keep laughing.This time Madeline managed not to laugh Chloe currently trod a very fine line between adorable and obnoxious Madeline probably trod the same line herself.Madeline pulled up behind the little blue Mitsubishi at a red light The young driver was still looking at her mobile phone Madeline banged on her car horn She saw the driver glance in her rearview mirror, while all her passengers craned around to look.Put down your phone she yelled She mimicked texting by jabbing her finger in her palm Its illegal Its dangerous The girl stuck her finger up in the classic up yours gesture Right Madeline pulled on her emergency brake and put on her hazard lights.What are you doing said Chloe.Madeline undid her seat belt and threw open the car door But weve got to go to orientation said Chloe in a panic.Well be late Oh, calamity Oh, calamity was a line from a childrens book that they used to read to Fred when he was little The whole family said it now Even Madelines parents had picked it up, and some of Madelines friends It was a very contagious phrase.Its all right, said Madeline This will only take a second Im saving young lives.She stalked up to the girls car on her new stilettos and banged on the window.The window slid down, and the driver metamorphosed from a shadowy silhouette into a real young girl with white skin, sparkly nose ring and badly applied, clumpy mascara She looked up at Madeline with a mixture of aggression and fear What is your problem Her mobile phone was still held casually in her left hand Put down that phone You could kill yourself and your friends Madeline used the exact same tone she used on Chloe when she was being extremely naughty She reached in the car, grabbed the phone and tossed it to the openmouthed girl in the passenger seat OK Just stop it She could hear their gales of laughter as she walked back to her SUV She didnt care She felt pleasantly stimulated A car pulled up behind hers Madeline smiled, lifted her hand apologetically and hurried back to be in her car before the lights changed.Her ankle turned One second it was doing what an ankle was meant to do, and the next it was f lipping out at a sickeningly wrong angle She fell heavily on one side Oh, calamity.That was almost certainly the moment the story began With the ungainly f lip of an ankle.3.Jane pulled up at a red light behind a big shiny SUV with its hazard lights blinking and watched a dark haired woman hurry along the side of the road back to it She wore a floaty, blue summer dress and high strappy heels, and she waved apologetically, charmingly at Jane The morning sun caught one of the womans earrings, and it shone as if shed been touched by something celestial.A glittery girl Older than Jane but definitely still glittery All her life Jane had watched girls like that with scientific interest Maybe a little awe Maybe a little envy They werent necessarily the prettiest, but they decorated themselves so affectionately, like Christmas trees, with dangling earrings, jangling bangles and delicate, pointless scarves They touched your arm a lot when they spoke Janes best friend at school had been a glittery girl Jane had a weakness for them.Then the woman fell, as if something had been pulled out from underneath her.Ouch, said Jane, and she looked away fast to save the womans dignity.Did you hurt yourself, Mummy asked Ziggy from the back seat He was always very worried about her hurting herself.No, said Jane That lady over there hurt herself She tripped.She waited for the woman to get up and get back in her car, but she was still on the ground Shed tipped back her head to the sky, and her face had that compressed look of someone in great pain The traffic light turned green, and a little blue Mitsubishi that had been in front of the SUV zoomed off with a squeal of tires.Jane put her signal on to drive around the car They were on their way to Ziggys orientation day at the new school, and she had no idea where she was going She and Ziggy were both nervous and pretending not to be She wanted to get there in plenty of time.Is the lady OK said Ziggy.Jane felt that strange lurch she sometimes experienced when she got distracted by her life, and then something it was often Ziggy made her remember just in time the appropriate way for a nice, ordinary, well mannered grown up to behave.If it werent for Ziggy she would have driven off She would have been so focused on her goal of getting him to his kindergarten orientation that she would have left a woman sitting on the road, writhing in pain.Ill just check on her, said Jane, as if that were her intention all along She f licked on her own hazard lights and opened the car door, aware as she did of a selfish sense of resistance You are an inconvenience, glittery lady Are you all right she called.Im fine The woman tried to sit up straighter and whimpered, her hand on her ankle Ow Shit Ive rolled my ankle, thats all Im such an idiot I got out of the car to go tell the girl in front of me to stop texting Serves me right for behaving like a school prefect.Jane crouched down next to her The woman had shoulder length, well cut dark hair and the faintest sprinkle of freckles across her nose There was something aesthetically pleasing about those freckles, like a childhood memory of summer, and they were very nicely complemented by the fine lines around her eyes and the absurd swinging earrings.Janes resistance vanished entirely.She liked this woman She wanted to help her. Although, what did that say If the woman had been a tooth less, warty nosed crone she would have continued to feel resentful The injustice of it The cruelty of it She was going to be nicer to this woman because she liked her freckles The womans dress had an intricately embroidered cutout pattern of f lowers all along the neckline Jane could see tanned freckly skin through the petals.We need to get some ice on it straightaway, said Jane She knew about ankle injuries from her netball days and she could see this womans ankle was already beginning to swell And keep it elevated She chewed her lip and looked about hopefully for someone else She had no idea how to handle the logistics of making this actually happen.Its my birthday, said the woman sadly My fortieth Happy birthday, said Jane It was sort of cute that a woman of forty would even bother to mention that it was her birthday.She looked at the womans strappy shoes Her toenails were painted a lustrous turquoise The stiletto heels were as thin as toothpicks and perilously high.No wonder you did your ankle, said Jane No one could walk in those shoes I know, but arent they gorgeous The woman turned her foot at an angle to admire them Ouch Fuck, that hurts Sorry Excuse my language.Mummy A little girl with dark curly hair, wearing a sparkling tiara, stuck her head out the window of the car What are you doing Get up Well be late Glittery mother Glittery daughter.Thanks for the sympathy, darling said the woman She smiled ruefully at Jane Were on our way to her kindergarten orientation Shes very excited.At Pirriwee Public said Jane She was astonished But thats where Im going My son, Ziggy, is starting school next year Were moving here in December It didnt seem possible that she and this woman could have anything in common, or that their lives could intersect in any way.Ziggy Like Ziggy Stardust What a great name said the woman Im Madeline, by the way Madeline Martha Mackenzie I always mention the Martha for some reason Dont ask me why She held out her hand.Jane, said Jane Jane no middle name Chapman.Gabrielle The school ended up split in two It was, like, I dont know, a civil war You were either on Team Madeline or Team Renata.Bonnie No, no, thats awful That never happened.There were no sides Were a very close knit community There was too much alcohol Also, it was a full moon Everyone goes a little crazy when its a full moon Im serious Its an actual verifiable phenomenon.Samantha Was it a full moon It was pouring rain, I know that My hair was all boofy.Mrs Lipmann Thats ridiculous and highly defamatory I have no further comment.Carol I know I keep harping on about the Erotic Book Club, but Im sure something happened at one of their little quote unquote meetings.Harper Listen, I cried when we learned Emily was gifted.I thought, Here we go again Id been through it all before with Sophia, so I knew what I was in for Renata was in the same boat Two gifted children Nobody under stands the stress Renata was worried about how Amabella would settle in at school, whether shed get enough stimulation and so on So when that child with the ridiculous name, that Ziggy, did what he did, and it was only the orientation morning Well, she was understandably very distressed Thats what started it all.4.Jane had brought along a book to read in the car while Ziggy was doing his kindergarten orientation, but instead she ac companied Madeline Martha Mackenzie it sounded like the name of a feisty little girl in a childrens book to a beachside caf called Blue Blues.The caf was a funny little misshapen building, almost like a cave, right on the boardwalk next to Pirriwee Beach Madeline hobbled along in bare feet, leaning heavily and unselfconsciously on Janes shoulder as if they were old friends It felt intimate She could smell Madelines perfume, something citrusy and delicious Jane hadnt been touched much by other grown ups in the last five years.As soon as they opened the door of the caf, a youngish man came out from behind the counter, his arms outstretched He was dressed all in black, with curly blond surfer hair and a stud in the side of his nose Madeline Whats happened to you I am gravely injured, Tom, said Madeline And its my birthday.Oh, calamity, said Tom He winked at Jane.While Tom settled Madeline in a corner booth, bringing her ice wrapped in a tea towel and propping her leg up on a chair with a cushion, Jane took in the caf It was completely charming, as her mother would have said The bright blue uneven walls were lined with rickety shelves filled with secondhand books The timber floorboards shone gold in the morning light, and Jane breathed in a heady mix of coffee, baking, the sea and old books The front of the caf was all open glass, and the seating was arranged so that wherever you sat you faced the beach, as if you were there to watch the sea perform a show As Jane looked around her, she felt that dissatisfied feeling she often experienced when she was some where new and lovely She couldnt quite articulate it except with the words If only I were here This little beachside caf was so exquisite, she longed to really be thereexcept, of course, she was there, so it didnt make sense.Jane What can I get you said Madeline Im buying you coffee and treats to thank you for everything She turned to the fussing barista Tom This is Jane Shes my knight in shining armor My knightess.Jane had driven Madeline and her daughter to the school, after first nervously parking Madelines massive car in a side street Shed taken a spare booster seat from the back of Madelines car for Chloe and put it in the back of her own little Honda, next to Ziggy.It had been a project A tiny crisis overcome.It was a sad indictment of Janes mundane life that shed found the whole incident just a little bit thrilling.Ziggy too had been wide eyed and self conscious at the novelty of having another child in the backseat with him, especially one as effervescent and charismatic as Chloe The little girl had chatted nonstop the whole way, explaining everything Ziggy needed to know about the school, and who the teachers would be, and how they had to wash their hands before they went into the classroom, with just one paper towel, and where they sat to have their lunch, and how you werent allowed peanut butter, because some people had allergies and could die, and she already had her lunch box, and it had Dora the Explorer on it, and what did Ziggys lunch box have on it Buzz Lightyear, Ziggy had answered promptly, politely, and completely untruthfully, as Jane hadnt bought his lunch box yet, and they hadnt even discussed the need for a lunch box He was in day care three days a week at the moment, and meals were provided Packing a lunch box was going to be new for Jane.When they got to the school, Madeline had stayed in the car while Jane took the children in Actually, Chloe had taken them in, marching along in front of them, tiara gleaming in the sunlight At one point Ziggy and Jane had exchanged looks as if to say, Who are these marvelous people Jane had been mildly nervous about Ziggys orientation morning and conscious of the fact that she would need to hide her nerves from Ziggy, because he was prone to anxiety It had felt like she was starting a new job her job as a primary school mother There would be rules and paperwork and procedures to learn.However, walking into school with Chloe was like arriving with a golden ticket Two other mothers immediately accosted them, Chloe Wheres your mum Then they introduced them selves to Jane, and Jane had a story to tell about Madelines ankle, and next thing, the kindergarten teacher, Miss Barnes, wanted to hear, and Jane found herself the center of attention, which was quite pleasant, to be honest.The school itself was beautiful, perched at the end of the head land, so that the blue of the distant ocean seemed to be constantly sparkling in Janes peripheral vision The classrooms were in long, low sandstone buildings and the leafy treed playground seemed to be full of enchanting secret spots to encourage the imagination cubbyholes in between trees, sheltered pathways, even a tiny, child sized maze.When shed left, Ziggy had been walking into a classroom hand in hand with Chloe, his little face flushed and happy, and Jane had walked outside to her car, feeling flushed and happy herself, and there was Madeline in the passenger seat, waving and smiling delightedly, as if Jane were her great friend, and Jane had felt a lessening of something, a loosening.Now she sat next to Madeline in Blue Blues and waited for her coffee to arrive, watching the water and feeling the sunshine on her face.Maybe moving here was going to be the beginning of some thing, or the end, which would be even better.My friend Celeste will be here soon, said Madeline You might have seen her at the school, dropping off her boys Two little blond ruffians Shes tall, blond, beautiful and f lustered.I dont think so, said Jane Whats she got to be f lustered about if shes tall, blond and beautiful Exactly, said Madeline, as if that answered the question Shes got this equally gorgeous, rich husband too They still hold hands And hes nice He buys me presents Honestly, I have no idea why I stay friends with her She looked at her watch Oh, shes hopeless Always late Anyway, Ill interrogate you while we wait She leaned forward and gave her full attention to Jane Are you new to the peninsula I dont know your face at all With kids the same age youd think we would have run into each other at GymbaROO or story hour or whatever.Were moving here in December, said Jane We live in Newtown at the moment, but I decided it might be nice to live near the beach for a while It was just on a whim, I guess.The phrase on a whim came to her out of nowhere, and both pleased and embarrassed her.She tried to make it a whimsical story, as if she were indeed a whimsical girl She told Madeline that one day a few months back shed taken Ziggy for a trip to the beach, seen the rental sign out side a block of apartments and thought, Why not live near the beach It wasnt a lie, after all Not exactly. A day at the beach, shed kept telling herself, over and over, as she drove down that long swooping road, as if someone were listening in on her thoughts, questioning her motives.Pirriwee Beach was one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world Shed seen that somewhere Her son deserved to see one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world Her beautiful, extraordinary son She kept looking at him in the rearview mirror, her heart aching.She didnt tell Madeline that, as theyd walked hand in hand back to the car, sandy and sticky, the word help screamed silently in her head, as if she were begging for something a solution, a cure, a reprieve A reprieve from what A cure for what A solution for what Her breathing had become shallow Shed felt beads of sweat at her hairline.Then shed seen the sign Their lease at their Newtown apartment was up The two bedroom unit was in an ugly, soulless, redbrick block of apartments, but it was only a five minute walk to the beach What if we moved right here shed said to Ziggy, and his eyes had lit up, and all at once it had seemed like the apartment was exactly the solution to whatever was wrong with her A sea change, people called it Why shouldnt she and Ziggy have a sea change She didnt tell Madeline that shed been taking six month leases in different rental apartments across Sydney ever since Ziggy was a baby, trying to find a life that worked She didnt tell her that, maybe the whole time, shed been circling closer and closer to Pirriwee Beach.And she didnt tell Madeline that, when shed walked out of the real estate office after signing the lease, shed noticed for the first time the sort of people who lived on the peninsulagolden skinned and beach haired, the sort of people who surfed before breakfast, who took pride in their bodiesand shed thought of her own pasty white legs beneath her jeans, and then shed thought of how her parents would feel so nervous driving along that winding peninsula road, her dads knuckles white on the steering wheel, except theyd still do it, without complaint, and all at once Jane had been convinced that shed just made a truly reprehensible mistake But it was too late.So here I am, she finished lamely.Youre going to love it here, Madeline enthused She adjusted the ice on her ankle and winced Ow Do you surf What about your husband Or your partner, I should say Or boyfriend Girl friend I am open to all possibilities.No husband, Jane said No partner Its just me Im a single mum. Are you said Madeline, as if Jane had just announced some thing rather daring and wonderful.I am Jane smiled foolishly.Well, you know, people always like to forget this, but I was a single mother, said Madeline She lifted her chin, as if she were addressing a crowd of people who disagreed with her My ex husband walked out on me when my older daughter, Abigail, was a baby Shes fourteen I was quite young too, like you Only twenty six Although I thought I was over the hill It was hard Being a single mother is hard.Well, I have my mum andOh, sure, sure Im not saying I didnt have support I had my parents to help me too But my God, there were some nights, when Abigail was sick, or when I got sick, or worse, when we both got sick, and Anyway Madeline stopped and shrugged My ex is remarried now to someone else They have a little girl about the same age as Chloe, and Nathan has become father of the year Men often do when they get a second chance Abigail thinks her dad is wonderful Im the only one left holding a grudge They say its good to let your grudges go, but I dont know, Im quite fond of my grudge I tend it like a little pet.Im not really into forgiveness either, said Jane.Madeline grinned and pointed her teaspoon at her Good for you Never forgive Never forget Thats my motto.Jane couldnt tell how much she was joking.So what about Ziggys dad continued Madeline Is he in the picture at all Jane didnt f linch Shed had five years to get good at it She felt herself becoming very still.No We werent actually together She delivered her line perfectly I didnt even know his name It was a Stop Pause Look away as if unable to make eye contact Sort of a one off.You mean a one night stand said Madeline immediately, sympathetically, and Jane almost laughed out loud with the surprise of it Most people, especially of Madelines age, reacted with a delicate, slightly distasteful expression that said, I get it and Im cool with it, but I now place you in a different category of person Jane was never offended by their distaste She found it distasteful too She just wanted that particular topic of conversation closed off for good, and most of the time thats exactly what happened Ziggy was Ziggy There was no dad Move right along.Why dont you just say you split up with the father her mother had asked in the early days.Lies get complicated, Mum, said Jane Her mother had no experience with lies This way we just close the conversation down.I remember one night stands, said Madeline wistfully The things I did in the nineties Lordy me I hope Chloe never finds out Oh, calamity Was yours fun It took Jane a second to comprehend the question She was asking if her one night stand was fun.For a moment Jane was back in that glass bubble of an elevator as it slid silently up the center of the hotel His hand around the neck of the champagne bottle The other hand on her lower back, pulling her forward They were both laughing so hard Deep creases around his eyes She was weak with laughter and desire Expensive smells.Jane cleared her throat.I guess it was fun, she said.Sorry, said Madeline I was being frivolous It was because I was thinking of my own frivolous youth Or maybe because youre so young and Im so old, and Im trying to be cool How old are you Do you mind my asking Twenty four, said Jane.Twenty four, breathed Madeline Im forty today I told you that already, didnt I You probably think youll never be forty, right Well, I hope Ill be forty, said Jane Shed noticed before how middle aged women were obsessed with the topic of age, always laughing about it, moaning about it, going on and on about it, as if the process of aging were a tricky puzzle they were trying to solve Why were they so mystified by it Janes mothers friends seemed to literally have no other topic of conversation, or they didnt when they spoke to Jane Oh, youre so young and beautiful, Jane When she clearly wasnt it was like they thought one followed the other If you were young, you were automatically beautiful Oh, youre so young, Jane, youll be able to fix my phone computer camera When in fact a lot of her mothers friends were technologically savvy than Jane Oh, youre so young, Jane, you have so much energy When she was so tired, so very, very tired And listen, how do you support yourself said Madeline worriedly, sitting up straight, as if this were a problem she needed to solve right this minute Do you work Jane nodded at her I work for myself as a freelance book keeper Ive got a good client base now, lots of small businesses Im fast So I turn the work over fast It pays the rent.Clever girl, said Madeline approvingly I supported myself too when Abigail was little For the most part anyway Every now and then Nathan would rouse himself to send a check It was hard, but it was also sort of satisfying, in a fuck you kind of way You know what I mean.Sure, said Jane Janes life as a single mother wasnt making a fuck you point to anyone Or at least not in the way that Made line meant.Youll definitely be one of the younger kindergarten mums, mused Madeline She took a sip of her coffee and grinned wickedly Youre even younger than my ex husbands delightful new wife Promise me you wont make friends with her, will you I got you first.Im sure I wont even meet her, said Jane, confused.Oh, you will, grimaced Madeline Her daughter is starting kindergarten at the same time as Chloe Can you imagine Jane couldnt imagine.The kindy mums will all have coffee, and there will be my ex husbands wife sitting across the table, sipping her herbal tea Dont worry, there wont be any punch ups Unfortunately, its all very boring and amicable and terribly grown up Bonnie even kisses me hello Shes into yoga and chakras and all that shit You know how youre meant to hate your wicked stepmother My daughter adores her Bonnie is so calm, you see The opposite of me She speaks in one of those soft low melodious voices that make you want to punch a wall.Jane laughed at Madelines imitation of a low, melodious voice You probably will make friends with Bonnie, said Made line Shes impossible to hate Im very good at hating people, and even I find it difficult I really have to put my heart and soul into it.She shifted the ice again on her ankle.When Bonnie hears Ive hurt my ankle, shell bring me a meal She just loves any excuse to bring me a home cooked meal Probably because Nathan told her Im a terrible cook, so she wants to make a point Although the worst thing about Bonnie is that shes probably not actually making a point Shes just freakishly nice Id love to throw her meals straight in the bin, but theyre too damned delicious My husband and children would kill me.Madelines expression changed She beamed and waved Oh Shes here at last Celeste Over here Come and see what Ive done Jane looked up and her heart sank.It shouldnt matter She knew it shouldnt matter But the fact was that some people were so unacceptably, hurtfully beautiful, it made you feel ashamed Your inferiority was right there on dis play for the world to see This was what a woman was meant to look like Exactly this She was right, and Jane was wrong. Youre a very fat, ugly little girl, a voice said insistently in her ear with hot, fetid breath.She shuddered and tried to smile at the horribly beautiful woman walking toward them.Thea I assume youve heard by now that Bonnie is married to Madelines ex husband, Nathan So that was complicated You might want to explore that Im not telling you how to do your job, of course.Bonnie That had absolutely nothing to do with anything.Our relationship was completely amicable Just this morning I left a vegetarian lasagna on their doorstep for her poor husband.Gabrielle I was new to the school I didnt know a soul Oh, were such a caring school, the principal told me Blah, blah, blah Let me tell you, the first thing I thought when I walked into that playground on that kindergarten orientation day was cliquey Cliquey, cliquey, cliquey Im not surprised someone ended up dead Oh, all right I guess thats overstating it I was a little surprised.Praise for Big Little LiesIf you re looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book finisher look no further Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hitIts cant put downability comes from its darker subplotsA book that will make you appreciate the long days of summer.Oprah.com The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small townare so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee Moriarty is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking Entertainment WeeklyReading one of Liane Moriarty s novels is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenica fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing readMoriarty is back in fine form USA TodayA hell of a good book Funny and scary.Stephen KingMs Moriartys long parched fans have something new to dig into Big Little Lies may have even staying power than The Husbands Secret The New York Times Big Little Lies tolls a warning bell about the big little lies we tell in order to survive It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems reminiscent of a middle school dance The Washington PostIrresistibleMoriartys sly humor and razor sharp insights will keep you turning pages PeopleFunny and thrilling, page turning but with emotional depth, Big Little Lies is a terrific follow up to The Husbands Secret Booklist starred review Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise perfect family unitHighly recommended Library Journal starred review Big Little Lies TV Series IMDb Big is a brilliant take on ex husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive Written by Anand Patel Plot Summary Add Synopsis Official Website for HBO Series The official website HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information episode guides series Wikipedia an 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    • Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)
    • 3.1
    • 243
    • Format Kindle
    • 512 pages
    • 0399587209
    • Liane Moriarty
    • Anglais
    • 27 February 2017

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