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We Need to Talk about Kevin (Paperback)

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After Eva's son Kevin embarks on a homicidal rampage at his high school, she is forced to reflect on the suburban family lifestyle she chose over what she truly wanted to do as it drastically falls apart. Perhaps the pieces of her life fell in the places they were originally meant to be? We Need to Talk about Kevin explores the traumatic relationship between a troubled boy and a jaded mother who may never have really wanted to be a parent. The author pays such close attention to her characters that the opposition they face with one another becomes the intimate and core connection that helps them understand each other.

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Now a major motion picture by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, Lionel Shriver's resonant story of a mother's unsettling quest to understandher teenage son's deadly violence, her own ambivalence toward motherhood, andthe explosive link between them reverberates with the haunting power of highhopes shattered by dark realities. Like Shriver's charged and incisive laternovels, including So Much for That and The Post-Birthday World, We Need to Talk About Kevin isa piercing, unforgettable, and penetrating exploration of violence, familyties, and responsibility, a book that the Boston Globe describes as sometimes searing... and] impossible to put down.

About the Author


Lionel Shriver s novels include The New Republic, the National Book Award Finalist So Much for That, New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, NY.

Praise For…


“Ms. Shriver takes a calculated risk . . . but the gamble pays off as she strikes a tone of compelling intimacy.”
-Wall Street Journal

“Furiously imagined.”
-Seattle Times

“An underground feminist hit.”
-New York Observer

“A slow, magnetic descent into hell that is as fascinating as it is disturbing.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Shriver handles this material, with its potential for cheap sentiment and soap opera plot, with rare skill and sense.”
-Newark Star Ledger

“Powerful [and] harrowing.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Impossible to put down.”
-Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061124297
ISBN-10: 006112429X
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2006
Pages: 400
Language: English
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