We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

By (author) Lionel Shriver , Introduction by Kate Mosse

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Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 31mm | 262g
  • 01 Apr 2011
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London
  • English
  • 1846687888
  • 9781846687884
  • 687

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Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose previous books include The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn, NY.

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Once in a while, a stunningly powerful novel comes along, knocks you sideways and takes your breath away: this is it... a horrifying, original, witty, brave and deliberately provocative investigation into all the casual assumptions we make about family life, and motherhood in particular Daily Mail One of the most striking works of fiction to be published this year. It is Desperate Housewives as written by Euripides... A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil New Statesman

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Nature vs Nurture

Our Book Club reads a lot of books, but this one had us talking until the wee hours of the morning! It is a page-turner of a story and beautifully written, with some serious surprises that take your breath away. I think this is one of the all-time top reads, but lots of mothers of young children may not think so...In fact, several returned the book to me because they couldn't deal with the issues in it. I'm looking forward to when the movie comes out!show more
by Maggie Swithenbank

Kevin is a VERY naughty boy!

Reading Lionel Shriver's novel will certainly shake you up. The voice of the novel is Kevin's mother- a style that takes some getting used too - but, without giving the game away, it is vital to the storyline. It is both darkly disturbing and almost impossible to put down. This journey into the minds of mother and son reaches a climax that few will see coming. In the process your emotions will be savaged in ways few novels can achieve. It is clever. It is shocking. It is a study of hate and the nature of love. And it will stay with you for a long time after you turn the last page.show more
by Michael McDougall