We need to talk about Kevin: a novel
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A stunning examination of how tragedy affects a town, a marriage, and a family, for readers of Rosellen Brown's Before and After and Jane Hamilton's A Map of the World . That neither nature nor nurture bears exclusive responsibility for a child's character is self-evident. But such generalizations provide cold comfort when it's your own son who's just opened fire on his fellow students and whose class photograph--with its unseemly grin--is blown up on the national news.The question of who's to blame for teenage atrocity tortures our narrator, Eva Khatchadourian. Two years ago, her 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. How much is her fault? We Need to Talk About K
Rosenblat, Barbara. Narrator
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That 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 photographwith its unseemly grinis 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 generaland 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 adolescentswhether in Pearl, Paducah, Springfield, or Littletonhave 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, careerwhile 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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|isbn||006112429, 9780061124297, 9780062119049, 9780062188076, 9781419385452, 9781582432670, 9781582438870|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
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|publishDate||2003, 2005, 2006, 2011|
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|subject_facet||High schools -- Fiction, Massacres -- Fiction, New York (State) -- Fiction, Teenage boys -- Fiction|
|title_display||We need to talk about Kevin : a novel|
|title_full||We Need to Talk About Kevin, We Need to Talk About Kevin A Novel, We need to talk about Kevin : a novel / Lionel Shriver, We need to talk about Kevin : a novel / Lionel Shriver, We need to talk about Kevin : a novel [sound recording] / Lionel Shriver|
|title_short||We need to talk about Kevin :|
|topic_facet||Fiction, High schools, Literature, Massacres, Teenage boys|