We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 124 x 192 x 36mm | 358.34g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1852424672
  • 9781852424671
  • 33,123

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In fact everybody needs to talk about Kevin. 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 * This superb, many-layered novel intelligently weighs the culpability of parental nurture against the nightmarish possibilities of an innately evil child * Daily Telegraph * Urgent, unblinking and articulate fiction * Sunday Times * Cleverly balances the grand guignol and the mundane * Guardian * Shriver keeps up an almost unbearable suspense It's hard to imagine a more striking demolition job on the American myth of the perfect suburban family * The Sunday Telegraph * A study of despair, a book of ideas and a deconstruction of modern American morality -- David Baddiel * The Times * One of my favourite novels... the best thing I've read in years -- Jeremy Vine * London Magazine *
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About Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver's seventh novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, won the 2005 Orange Prize. Her other novels are: A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Ordinary Decent Criminals, Checker and the Derailleurs and The Female of the Species. She has also written for the Guardian, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. She lives in London.
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119,635 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 41% (49,359)
4 36% (42,991)
3 15% (17,592)
2 5% (5,876)
1 3% (3,817)

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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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