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We need to talk about Kevin: a novel

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Grouped Work ID72bd6916-a9dd-69fd-c73d-a792cb1541f4
Grouping Titlewe need to talk about kevin
Grouping Authorlionel shriver
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-10-01 07:30:29AM
Last Indexed2020-10-01 07:43:49AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9781582432670

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display_descriptionThat neither nature nor nurture bears exclusive responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But generalizations about genes are likely to provide cold comfort if it's your own child who just opened fire on his feellow algebra students and whose class photograph—with its unseemly grin—is shown on the evening news coast-to-coast.

If the question of who's to blame for teenage atrocity intrigues news-watching voyeurs, it tortures our narrator, Eva Khatchadourian. Two years before the opening of the novel, her son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him. Because his sixteenth birthday arrived two days after the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is currently in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York.

In relating the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses her estranged husband, Frank, through a series of startingly direct letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son became, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general—and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault?

We Need To Talk About Kevin offers no at explanations for why so many white, well-to-do adolescents—whether in Pearl, Paducah, Springfield, or Littleton—have gone nihilistically off the rails while growing up in the most prosperous country in history. Instead, Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story with an explosive, haunting ending. She considers motherhood, marriage, family, career—while framing these horrifying tableaus of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.
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ils:494797BookBooksFirst Harper Perennial edition.EnglishHarper Perennial, 2006.400, 16 pages ; 21 cm
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subject_facetEpistolary fiction
High schools -- Fiction
Massacres -- Fiction
New York (State) -- Fiction
School shootings -- Fiction
Teenage boys -- Fiction
title_displayWe need to talk about Kevin : a novel
title_fullWe Need to Talk About Kevin
We need to talk about Kevin : a novel / Lionel Shriver
title_shortWe need to talk about Kevin
title_suba novel
High schools
School shootings
Teenage boys