Big Little Lies is equal parts sex, betrayal, scandal, guilt and violence; a deadly cocktail lurking underneath seemingly shiny, bubbly and sweet suburban moms. This novel is now an HBO television series, which premiers on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.
Before catching the show, you’ll definitely want to grab a cocktail and guzzle down the drama on the pages. This intriguingly written book starts with the end and bounces back in time, leaving you wondering what the hell happened in between. On the first page you’ll find everyone is a little fuzzy, courtesy of a pink cocktail served during an elementary school trivia night, so you’ll need to catch up.
Goodreads Synopsis: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. 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.
“‘Hey, can you taste mint in this?’ said Tom to Jane. ‘That’s it!’ said Jane. ‘So it’s just strawberry puree, champagne -‘ ‘ – and I’m thinking vodka,’ said Tom. He took another sip. ‘Maybe quite a lot of vodka.'”
-Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies
Pirriwee Pink Drink
- 1.0 oz vodka
- 0.5 oz strawberry martini mix
- A dash of crème de menthe
- Fill to the top of the glass with champagne (preferably a rosé)