Sunday, June 8, 2008

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

First sentence:

"Dear Franklin,

I'm unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write to you."


"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."

My thoughts:

This was a powerfully moving book about the ambiguousness of family relationships. At times, I wished to hear Kevin's point of view, but Eva's honest and searing account held my interest throughout.

Date read: 5/24/2008
Book #: 31
Challenges: Book Awards Challenge, TBR Challenge 2008, Book-a-Month Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 006072448X
ISBN-13: 9780060724481
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 2004
# of Pages: 400
Binding: Trade Paperback
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