We Need to Talk about Kevin

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Serpent's Tail, 2006 - High school students - 468 pages
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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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As a parent is is hard to read. - LibraryThing
Ms. Shriver is a gifted writer. - LibraryThing
And the ending is just so brutal and sad. - LibraryThing
Some of their exchanges were worth savoring. - LibraryThing
I found the ending a bit implausible, but maybe not. - LibraryThing
Lionel Shriver is an incredibly gifted writer. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver relates the story of a family whose boy, Kevin, goes on a killing rampage at his high school. This is a book that shook me to the core, I had to read it ... Read full review

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User Review  - titania86 - LibraryThing

Eva Khatchadourian's life has completely changed since the incident involving her son Kevin at his school. She used to be a successful travel writer and now she took any job that would have her (in ... Read full review

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