We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Text Publishing Company, Sep 30, 2011 - Performing Arts - 408 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  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

This book was all-consuming and I still can't stop thinking about it. Told in a series of compelling letters written to her estranged husband, Franklin, Eva Khatchadourian, is trying to make sense of ... Read full review

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User Review  - mootzymom - LibraryThing

I give this book 5 stars because it spooked the heck out of me. Any book that can evoke that kind of emotion should get max star. I watched the movie following it and it spooked me too. Pregnant with ... 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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