Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews tells the story of a nightmare come true for a suburban Southern housewife entrenched in a long, comfortable marriage. This is the story of how she tackles this unforeseen turn in her life, and ends up having experiences she had never imagined in her vanilla existence.
Mary Bliss McGowan is a schoolteacher who is waiting to pick the first tomatoes from her garden after Memorial Day. An absconding husband, a mountain of overdue bills and a house that might be repossessed any time compels her to dole out samples of yucky food at the bargain superstore. Her seventeen year old daughter is rebelling, unable to fathom the loss of her father. Along with best girl friend Katherine, M.B does all she can to keep the lights on. But maybe they go a bit too far while trying to save the house from foreclosure. A private eye is sniffing around asking awkward questions. M.B’s mother in law is slipping by the day, accusing the nursing home staff of trying to kill her. M.B is trying hard to salvage her sanity, while trying to make a hundred pounds of chicken salad for a celebrity wedding.
I cannot say enough about this book, definitely not without any spoilers. This is a wild ride in typical Andrews style. The book might drag a bit in places for some. This is certainly not a fast read. I advise you to savor this book, and sip it slowly like/ with a tall glass of wine. There are many characters and sub plots and they are all spot on. Little Bitty Lies is set in the deep South against a Georgia summer. Poolside cabanas, sprinklers squirting water, vegetables from the garden, 4th of July fireworks definitely make this a great summer read.