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We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Lionel Shriver

Part of the Serpent's Tail Classics Series

Book Club Recommendations Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction

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Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005.

Narrated by a mother, Eve, in letters to her estranged husband, this is a truly horrific story of a 15-year old boy’s killing spree but more than that it's the tale of how he got there rather than of the crime itself.  It harks back to Eve’s relationship with her husband and the upbringing of the child.  The big question is how much she is, or not, to blame for the tragedy that unfolds.  Stark and unbelievably painful, it touches on truths not often spoken of.  A great book.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Synopsis

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 January 2009.

 

 

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?

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Press Reviews

'An awesomely smart, stylish and pitiless achievement'
Independent

'Taps into unspoken fears of maternal ambivalence that are not easily acknowledged and do not fit neatly into glossy magazine notions of female empowerment'
Guardian Unlimited

'Harrowing, tense and thought-provoking, this is a vocal challenge to every accepted parenting manual you've ever read'
Daily Mail

'An elegant psychological and philosophical investigation of culpability with a brilliant denouement'
Observer

'As a mother of two, reading Lionel Shriver's novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin was a comfort and a revelation'
Jenni Murray, BBC Women's Hour

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ISBN: 9781846687341
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Publisher: Serpents Tail
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9781846687341
Publication date: 01/03/2005
Publisher: Serpents Tail
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846687341
Publication date: 9th May 2006
Author: Lionel Shriver
Publisher: Serpents Tail
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Other books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and So Much for That. Lionel’s novels have been translated into twenty-five different languages and. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London.

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