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We Need to Talk About Kevin by [Shriver, Lionel]

We Need to Talk About Kevin Kindle Edition

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*Starred Review* In a series of brutally introspective missives to her husband, Franklin, from whom she is separated, Eva tries to come to grips with the fact that their 17-year-old son, Kevin, has killed seven students and two adults with his crossbow. Guiltily she recalls how, as a successful writer, she was terrified of having a child. Was it for revenge, then, that from the moment of his birth Kevin was the archetypal difficult child, screaming for hours, refusing to nurse, driving away countless nannies, and intuitively learning to "divide and conquer" his parents? When their daughter, loving and patient Celia, is born, Eva feels vindicated; but as the gap between her view of Kevin as a "Machiavellian miscreant" and Franklin's efforts to explain away their son's aberrant behavior grows wider, they find themselves facing divorce. In crisply crafted sentences that cut to the bone of her feelings about motherhood, career, family, and what it is about American culture that produces child killers, Shriver yanks the reader back and forth between blame and empathy, retribution and forgiveness. Never letting up on the tension, Shriver ensures that, like Eva, the reader grapples with unhealed wounds. Deborah Donovan
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Once in a while, a stunningly powerful novel comes along, knocks you sideways and takes your breath away: this is it ... a horrifying, original, witty, brave and deliberately provocative investigation into all the casual assumptions we make about family life, and motherhood in particular

This startling shocker strips bare motherhood... the most remarkable Orange prize victor so far

An awesomely smart, stylish and pitiless achievement. Franz Kafka wrote that a book should be the ice-pick that breaks open the frozen seas inside us, because the books that make us happy we could have written ourselves. With <i>We Need to Talk About Kevin</i>, Shriver has wielded Kafka's axe with devastating force

One of the most striking works of fiction to be published this year. It is <i>Desperate Housewives</i> as written by Euripides... A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil

Shriver keeps up an almost unbearable suspense. It's hard to imagine a more striking demolition job on the American myth of the perfect suburban family

One of the bravest books I've ever read... <i>We Need to Talk About Kevin</i> is an original, powerful, resonant, witty, fascinating and deeply intelligent work

A study of despair, a book of ideas and a deconstruction of modern American morality

This superb, many-layered novel intelligently weighs the culpability of parental nurture against the nightmarish possibilities of an innately evil child

Urgent, unblinking and articulate

[A] powerful, painful novel... There are true, terrible things said here about family life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; export ed edition (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZY0VHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,37,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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