We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Text Publishing Company, Mar 6, 2006 - Fiction - 480 pages
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Now a major motion picture starring Tilda Swinton. Published in twenty-eight countries. Over a million copies sold worldwide.

Two years ago Eva Khatchadourian’s son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a popular teacher. Now, in a series of letters to her absent husband, Eva recounts the story of how Kevin came to be Kevin.

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? When did it all start to go wrong?

Or was it, in fact, ever ‘right’ at all?

Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story while framing the horrifying tableau of teenage carnage as a metaphor 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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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This is a book that is going to haunt me for years I think. Eva Katchadourian is the mother of Kevin Katchadourian who at the age of almost 16 (that is significant) cold bloodedly killed 7 students ... Read full review

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver; (5*) We Need to Talk About Kevin was a five star read for me. I think it was written brilliantly. I've had many a movie have me on the edge of my seat ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Lionel Shriver is the author of eleven novels, including The Post-Birthday World and Big Brother. Her journalism is widely published in the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, among other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

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