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. --Jordan
The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry
Eva never really wanted to be a motherand certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevins horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
About the Author
Lionel Shriver's novels include the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the 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, New York.
Praise for We Need to Talk About Kevin…
“Ms. Shriver takes a calculated risk . . . but the gamble pays off as she strikes a tone of compelling intimacy.”
-Wall Street Journal
“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.”
“Impossible to put down.”