We Need to Talk About Kevin (Paperback)

A Novel

By Lionel Shriver

Harper Perennial, 9780061124297, 432pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2006

List Price: 15.99*
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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.”

Praise For We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

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

“Furiously imagined.”

“An underground feminist hit.”

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

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

“Powerful [and] harrowing.”

“Impossible to put down.”