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We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

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By (author) Lionel Shriver, Introduction by Kate Mosse

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  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 31mm | 343g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184668806X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846688065
  • Sales rank: 10,771

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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. Adapted and directed by Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher), the film of We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tila Swinton (I Am Love) and John C. Reilly (The Aviator), with Ezra Miller (Californication) as the eponymous teenage murderer.

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Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose previous books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin, So Much for That, 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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"'Stunning' (Daily Mail) 'Startling' (Guardian) 'Superb' (Daily Telegraph) 'Fierce' (Independent) 'Pitch-perfect, devastating and utterly convincing' (Geoff Dyer) 'The best thing I've read in years' (Jeremy Vine)"