CEOS Book Club members met at the home of Eva Lee McKinney to discuss the current book “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.
Moriarty uses an unusual format to move her story along by inserting quotes from different characters at the end of each chapter, thereby giving readers insight into other observers’ opinions. Although within the first few chapters, one realizes that an unnamed person has been killed, the book is not a murder mystery.
Set in an upscale suburb of Sidney, Australia, the author weaves a tale that encompasses a community involving and surrounding the kindergarten attended by the character’s children. Moriarty’s story follows three women, all mothers of kindergartners; Marilyn, funny, passionate, a force to be reckoned with, Celeste, a strikingly beautiful and married to a wealthy man and Jane, a younger single mother, befriended by the other two. It would seem the women lead a charmed life, but all is not as rosy as it appears.
Trouble erupts when Jane’s son, Ziggy, is accused of schoolyard bullying. Jane is adamant that her son would not bully anyone, but remembers her brief encounter with the boy’s father and wonders if he has inherited his father’s temperament. Tension builds until it reaches a shocking climax at a kindergarten evening function.
The CEOS Book Club members choose a book to be read from the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service’s purposeful reading list and meet bi-monthly. Books are ordered through the Point Pleasant Library and with membership are available for a small cost. The next meeting will be on Aug. 15 at the McKinney home and is open to all. Members will discuss “The Red Helmet” by Homer Hickam.
Submitted by Judy Chapman on behalf of the CEOS Book Club.