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We Need to Talk About Kevin


We Need to Talk About Kevin is a book that has polarized readers. It opens the debate on nature versus nurture and will leave you either hating the narator, or her murderer son. Published in 2003 the novel by Lionel Shriver concerns a fictional school massacre. It is written from the perspective of the killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, and documents her attempt to come to terms with her son Kevin and the murders he committed. Although told in the first person as a series of letters from Eva to her husband, the novel's structure also strongly resembles that of a thriller. The novel, Shriver's seventh, won the 2005 Orange Prize. It's one of those books that you will want to read again, straight way, as soon as you've finished it. It has such a surprise at the end that you need to read it again to appreciate it from the new perspective. It's a moving book and although the author doesn't have any children she has beautifully captured many of the feelings and difficulties most mothers feel in the course of their children's lives. A great read.

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