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- DescriptionTwo 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. How much is Eva's fault?
- Author BiographyLionel Shriver is the author of seven novels, and has written extensively for the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Economist. She lives in London.
- PrizesWinner of Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. Runner-up for Reading Group Book of the Year 2007. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Crime Thriller of the Year 2006.
- Author(s)Lionel Shriver
- PublisherProfile Books Ltd
- Date of Publication09/05/2006
- GenreGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSerpent's Tail
- Out-of-print date21/04/2010
- Weight335 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- foot125922 Jun, 2015by
Heart Rending movie for everyone!!!!
Hi, This film is not what i would call usual, infact its very different from anything ihave ever saw, I love Tilda shes a brilliant actress and is perfect for this film, I bought the book too and it narrates like the film, i feel so sorry for Tilda as the mother in this film and could geefully strangle her wee boy in it but i think thats how its supposed to make you feel, It shows how when even we have not done anything wrong that we feel totally to blame for our sons & daughters sins, Tilda feels so guilty about what her boy has done, blames herself, that she takes all the verbal and physical abuse from people in the street, its a heart rending movie and definately a 'MUST SEE'!!!! Anne.
- fuzzling07 Sep, 2014by
Well written with an intense, interesting and taboo central theme: the downsides of being a mother. I found it eye opening. The novel is on the AQA UK A Level exam board, so there are many themes and subtexts to delve in to. Most impressively I found Eva, the mother, has astounding psychological depth. You see through her lens, and although she isn’t easy to empathise with, and she may not be fully reliable, she does encourage you to challenge your preconceptions about parenthood. The movie gives you a particular, good by it’s own merit, version of events; the novel a very different experience. The upshot is, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a light read. Personally, I found the plethora of negatives draining, but valuable.
- hondasteve5625 May, 2013by
An Awesome Read!
A must read for any reader who enjoys a thrilling story line...a "can't put down" book....scary,mind blowing and a totally awesome book,"We need to talk about Kevin" will have you talking and thinking about it for ages after you have finished it!!
- michaelawilson1...30 Mar, 2012by
Best book ever!
Best book by far I've read in years!! shouldn't have watched the movie first though :( The angle the book is written from does not give anything away until the end and it is very well written.
- cathie2903 Nov, 2011by
A very good read cant wait to watch the film. Very thought provoking and tense once i started reading I couldn't put the book down.
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