We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

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This title is winner of the orange prize for fiction 2005. Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only fifteen at the time of the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault? Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story while framing these horrifying tableaux of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy - the tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5th ed.
  • 1852424672
  • 9781852424671
  • 29,051

Review quote

"'An awesomely smart, stylish and pitiless achievement' Independent 'Taps into unspoken fears of maternal ambivalence that are not easily acknowledged and do not fit neatly into glossy magazine notions of female empowerment' Guardian Unlimited 'Harrowing, tense and thought-provoking, this is a vocal challenge to every accepted parenting manual you've ever read' Daily Mail 'An elegant psychological and philosophical investigation of culpability with a brilliant denouement' Observer 'As a mother of two, reading Lionel Shriver's novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin was a comfort and a revelation' Jenni Murray, BBC Women's Hour"show more

About Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is the author of seven novels, and has written extensively for the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Economist. She lives in London.show more

Rating details

107,859 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 41% (44,093)
4 36% (38,984)
3 15% (15,991)
2 5% (5,334)
1 3% (3,457)

Our customer reviews

A truly mind blowing read. Picked it up at random and was immediately hooked after the first couple of letters. However it is a hard book and sometimes you do think you're ploughing through treacle but this is because Eva herself is a very complex person and her personaility is illustrated in how she writes her letters to Franklin. A jaw droping ending that will leave yu reeling. Go purchase now... you will not be disappointed.show more
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