We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Text Publishing Company, Sep 30, 2011 - Performing Arts - 408 pages

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  - Tytania - www.librarything.com

We need to talk about Kevin. Right now. This novel consumed me. In a way my daily world revolved around that hour or so per night I could get back to the story. Some nights the Disturbing factor was ... Read full review

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User Review  - PhilipJHunt - www.librarything.com

Wow. I just finished reading this moments ago. I'm wrung out. This novel is just about perfect, but it's a tough read--unremittingly bleak, dark and hopeless. 468 pages of this can wear you down. Yet ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Lionel Shriver has written for the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. She lives in London and New York.

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