416 pages, 8.11 × 5.11 × 1.11 in
April 22, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 006072448X
ISBN - 13: 9780060724481
Read from the Book
We Need to Talk About Kevin
by Lionel Shriver
November 8, 2000
I'm unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write
to you. But since we've been separated, I may most miss coming home to
deliver the narrative curiosities of my day, the way a cat might lay mice at
your feet: the small, humble offerings that couples proffer after foraging in
separate backyards. Were you still installed in my kitchen, slathering
crunchy peanut butter on Branola though it was almost time for dinner, I'd
no sooner have put down the bags, one leaking a clear viscous drool, than
this little story would come tumbling out, even before I chided that we're
having pasta tonight so would you please not eat that whole sandwich.
In the early days, of course, my tales were exotic imports, from Lisbon,
from Katmandu. But no one wants to hear stories from abroad, really, and I
could detect from your telltale politeness that you privately preferred anecdotal
trinkets from closer to home: an eccentric encounter with a toll collector
on the George Washington Bridge, say. Marvels from the mundane
helped to ratify your view that all my foreign travel was a kind of cheating.
My souvenirs -- a packet of slightly stale Belgian waffles, the British expression
for "piffle" (codswallop!) -- were artificially imbued with magic by mere
dint of distance. Like those baubles the Jap
From the Publisher
In this gripping novel of motherhood gone awry, Lionel Shriver approaches the tragedy of a high-school massacre from the point of view of the killer’s mother.In letters written to the boy’s father, mother Eva probes the upbringing of this more-than-difficult child and reveals herself to have been the reluctant mother of an unsavory son. As the schisms in her family unfold, we draw closer to an unexpected climax that holds breathtaking surprises and its own hard-won redemption. In Eva, Shriver has created a narrator who is touching, sad, funny, and reflective. A spellbinding read, We Need to Talk About Kevin is as original as it is timely.
About the Author
Lionel Shriver never wanted to have children. Public vs private angst on the subject provided the seed for We Need to Talk About Kevin, her seventh novel.
"Impossible to put down."
"An underground feminist hit."
--New York Observer
"This is heavy material, but Ms. Shriver tackles it with admirable panache."
--Wall Street Journal
"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."