We Need to Talk About Kevin
When he was 15, Kevin murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher. Here, our narrator, Kevin's mother, Eva, tells the story of his upbringing to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Who is to blame for teenage atrocity?
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||4 June 2019 by The Text Publishing Company
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||By Shriver, Lionel
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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.
'By far the best novel I've read in years...exquisitely crafted...a breathtaking work of art.' Age
'A great read with horrifying twists and turns.' Marie Claire
'Harrowing, tense and thought-provoking, this is a vocal challenge to every accepted parenting manual you've ever read.' Daily Mail
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Winner of Orange Prize 2005 (UK)
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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.