Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews

First line: Mary Bliss McGowan and Katherine Weidman had reached a point in the evening from whence there was no return.

Why I read this: I picked this up at a library book sale and it's been sitting on my shelf for a while - I was in the mood for a quick, fun read and this definitely was that and a whole lot more. I am also using this book to counts towards the Reading From My Shelves Project.

From the back cover: In a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where divorce is as rampant as kudzu, Mary Bliss McGowan doesn't notice that her own marriage is in trouble until the summer night she finds a note from her husband, Parker, telling her he's gone - and has taken the family fortune with him.

Stunned and humiliated, a desperate Mary Bliss, left behind with her seventeen-year-old daughter, Erin, and a mountain of debt, decides to savage what's left of her life by telling one little bitty lie...that starts to snowball until Parker turns up dead. Or does he?

Little Bitty Lies is a comic Southern novel not only about one woman's lifelong quest for home but also about all the important things in life: marriage and divorce, mothers and daughters, friendship and betrayal, small-town secrets - and the perfect recipe for children salad.

My thoughts: This is the first book I have read by Mary Kaye Andrews and I thought it was quite a funny, delightful read. Little Bitty Lies is about Mary Bliss McGowan, a Georgia teacher who suddenly, with no warning, finds herself husbandless and penniless. Her hysterical best friend, Katherine, is going through a divorce and going through her husband's money and gin like it's her job, and the two band together to try to solve their problems.

While busy worrying about her friends, whose marriages are falling apart, Mary Bliss is stunned to find out that her own marriage has taken an unbelievable turn when she discovers a note from her husband. Mary Bliss attempts to avoid the embarrassment and humiliation by telling just one "little" lie, which snowballs into a series of events that must all be hidden by more lies. On top of having no money to pay her bills and taking a part time job just to buy food, she must deal with a cantankerous, nasty mother-in-law and the sudden secretive behavior of her teen-aged daughter. 

An endearing tale dealing with serious issues and yet woven with her delightful sense of humor, Little Bitty Lies is the perfect beach read and I am looking forward to reading more by this author!

(I purchased this book.) 

1 comment

  1. This author's books have tempted me, but I have never picked one up. After reading your review, maybe I will have to run to the library! Thanks for sharing....


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