We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and a popular algebra teacher. Because he was only fifteen at the time of the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular.
Publisher: Rothley, Leics. [Leicestershire, England] : W.F. Howes ; Prince Frederick, Md. : Distributed by Recorded Books, p2005
ISBN: 9781419385452
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (ca. 17 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Rosenblat, Barbara


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Jun 04, 2016

Take one kid who isn't wired quite right, add one highly ambivalent mother and mix with a father who sticks his head in the sand and tries way too hard to pretend that his kid's horrific behaviors are normal and -- at least in Lionel Shriver's imaginings -- you have a recipe for certain disaster. There's virtually nothing redeeming about Kevin and little to like about the hard-edged, glass-all-but-empty Eva, so <i>We Need to Talk About Kevin<i> is painful to read. But it's a valuable story, if only to provide the perspective that not all parents and children love each other just because they have a biological tie and that nothing good comes of avoiding the problem. I was relieved when I finished this book, which is relentless in its depiction of a nightmare child, but at the same time so glad I read it.

L1br0V0re May 09, 2012

I didn't like the narrator of the story at first. Part of the power is in her unsentimental presentation of her story. But she grew on me as the story progressed. Lionel Shriver is masterful in introducing teasing details which beg for further elucidation, thus whetting the reader's appetite. The book is witty, ruthlessly frank, suspenseful and, ultimately, quite moving. I found the conclusion devastating and I was left wanting more, though the story reached its logical conclusion.


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