Another book given to me to read by my daughter.
I had heard much about this book and at the beginning, I thought that the praise was higher than it needed to be.
We are introduced to a small seaside community close to Sydney, Australia, and in particular to the small public school which the children attend. We meet various mothers, and one or two fathers, whose lives seem to revolve around the school and its activities.
There is a group of Blonde Bobs look-alike stay -at- home Mums who are very involved with the school; Renata a highly achieving lawyer whose children are left in the care of a not very observant nanny; Madeline employed part time by the local theatre, has a teen-aged daughter from an earlier marriage and two small children with her current husband, who attend the primary school; Bonnie the second wife who has a daughter now attending the school; the sycophantic Harper who wants everybody to know how friendly she is with Renata ; Jackie, a hot-shot in the corporate world and the very beautiful Celeste, married to a rich, high flying, fabulous man.
And then into this close group of people comes Jane. A single mother with a son, Ziggy and somehow neither of them really fit into the place at the beginning.
Accusations are parried about that Ziggy is bullying a little girl and passions erupt in the school yard.
But all comes to a head on Trivia Night, a fund raising party to raise money for boards for the school.
To say I couldn’t put this book down is an understatement. On a cold autumn afternoon, I sat for four hours reading this book. And after a doubtful start, I recommend this book highly. If you haven’t discovered Liane Moriarty, a Sydney-based writer, I suggest you get a copy of this book. You won’t be disappointed.