Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Contributed by Greta Venegas
Chapter 20
Summary

It is 11 a.m. on the first day of Ziggy’s school life. Jane is at home working on her online freelance job while thinking about his son. She is concerned about Ziggy not being invited to Amabella’s birthday party and feels sorry for him (Moriarty 106). While working on Perfect Pete’s work (one of Jane’s clients), she is interrupted by her own thoughts. She regrets for not apologizing to Renata despite the fact that Ziggy refuted the harassment allegations. She is glad that she has a friend like Madeline, who is always ready to defend her (Moriarty 108). 

Jane’s thoughts are further interrupted by seagull squawks, and for a moment she is confused by the sound. She then realizes that she lives by the beach, and should have been used to it by now. Jane decides to check her phone and read a message sent by her friend, Anna, who informs Jane that her brother, Greg, is in town and wants to get her number with the intent of taking her out for a date (Moriarty 110). Jane unconsciously says okay but later regrets her decision, and texts Anna to cancel the date. But it was too late.

Analysis

In this chapter, the author focuses on Jane's worry, particularly about what happened during orientation day given how Ziggy’s classmates have isolated him. It hurts her to know that she cannot do anything to help and ease her son’s pain, particularly how he is being exempted from attending Amabella’s birthday. Most importantly, Jane feels bad for thinking that Ziggy could have hurt Amabella. 

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