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Big Lies, Little Lies, or Big Little Lies?

Listen, I’m just gonna make this quick. Tomorrow night Big Little Lies premieres on HBO. I am telling you this for two reasons: A) If you’ve read the book and loved it like I did, I know you are going to want to see this series; and, B) If you haven’t read the book by Liane Moriarty, you really need to read it.

I was a guest at HBO’s premiere event in Houston on Thursday night and we screened the first two episodes. The series (penned by David E. Kelley, who has written and created many shows you know and love) holds pretty true to the book in the first two episodes. I say “pretty true” because there are some changes. For example, we see more *ahem* of Celeste and Perry’s relationship earlier in the series than in the book. Another big change is the series takes place in Monterey, California, instead of in Australia. There are other minor changes, too, like Madeline doesn’t have a son and her job is a little different, but they don’t seem to affect the overall storyline at this point.

So here’s your to-do list:

  1. Read Big Little Lies
  2. Set your DVR to record Big Little Lies
  3. Discuss with your friends

What I really liked about the book was the way it both made fun of and gave nuance to the role of modern motherhood. What makes this story especially timely is it highlights how the glimpse of our lives people see on Facebook or in the school drop-off line doesn’t even skim the surface of how complicated life and relationships can be. I think the series is going to represent those ideas well, too.

Oh — I almost forgot: the series stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are also the executive producers. You know, just in case you need big names to reel you in. And for better or worse, at Thursday night’s screening (which was at a movie theater) I saw way more of one of them than I ever planned to…

OK. That’s all. And that’s the truth.