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We Need to Talk About Kevin tie-in: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, December 27, 2011
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“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 )
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Eva Khatchadourian, Kevin's bereft mother, narrates this novel through a series of compelling letters to her estranged husband, Franklin. She examines her son's life, from conception to his terrible act of violence, trying to understand the why of it. What becomes clear early on is that Eva tortures herself with blame. She is guilt-ridden that her shortcomings as a parent might have caused Kevin's evil act, his violent behavior, his very nature. She must have failed, she must have been deficient as a mother, for her boy to commit such a chilling crime. She also considers that neither nature nor nurture are solely responsible for shaping a child's character.Read more ›
The characterization in this novel is excellent, particularly that of Eva. She is possibly the most complete character I've ever read. I was annoyed at her at times, and even bewildered at her reactions to certain situations. However, I always found Eva to be a sympathetic character. She makes many mistakes (and so did Franklin, her husband...he sometimes exhasperated me so much I wanted to throw the book!), which she admits to. Eva villifies Kevin when he is just an infant, which forms an ever-growing wedge between herself and Franklin. At the same time, it seems that she did what most normal, flawed people would do in her situation. Her letters let us know how much she loves Franklin still, despite the way he seemed to turn against her sometimes due to their disagreements about Kevin (Franklin never really accepts that Kevin could be the sociopath Eva suspects him to be).
Eva's story is disturbing, harrowing, and gripping. It is hard to forget...it does not just go away when you put the book down. This book affected me in a way that no book has before. It made me question whether I ever want to have a child. It gave me a nightmare. It even made me feel trepidatious about going back to the schools (I am a substitute teacher). It even, as another reviewer put it, "left a dent in my heart.Read more ›
As Eva reveals in her letters, she knew something was wrong with Kevin from the moment of his birth when he turned away from her breast snarling and screaming. The anger does not wane, even though outwardly he was a passive, disinterested child. She blames her own mixed feelings toward him, but her beloved husband Franklin fiercely defends the boy whenever she asks why babysitters never come back for a second time and other families go great lengths to keep Kevin away from their own children. And Eva doesn�t like him. No matter how hard she tries--and she does try very hard, moving to the suburbs, staying home, none of which she wants to do�she does not like her son.
Since you know from the beginning that Kevin is in juvenile prison for killing his classmates, you might think that the suspense in the story will come from finding out how he planned his spree and carried it out. You would be very, very mistaken. Very late in �We Need to Talk About Kevin� Lionel Shriver introduces a twist that is completely unexpected and totally shocking. These are words too frequently used in describing thrillers which rarely deliver the unexpected or the shocking. Believe me, in this book, those words do not begin to describe the wallop Shriver packs in the last quarter of the novel.
I was unfamiliar with Lionel Shriver, and will (after a recovery period) look for her other novels. She digs fearlessly into the back of her characters� minds and the bottoms of their hearts. Read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
By the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. It was amazing until the very end.Published 4 days ago by Rachel
This book was amazing and heartbreaking and chilling and appalling and left me with such mixed feelings about almost everything. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Erica Kinston
The book is written in an interesting format: as letters to her husband where she shares her thoughts and concerns about their son, and how his actions affect their marriage and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Dawn
This book struck me in a way that no other book has done before! The author described the issues extremely well - the material was either researched fully, or experienced in some... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Deb A.
I would give it five stars but I just can't like any of the charactersPublished 20 days ago by alisha betten
The best book I've read so far this year. What's really compelling is the point of view of the mother writing letters to the father. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Suzanne Van Cleve
A series of letters to her son, which tells the story of this mentally ill young man.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer