We need to talk about Kevin: a novel
Eva never really wanted to be a mother and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails."
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|Grouping Title||we need to talk about kevin|
|Grouping Author||shriver lionel|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-08-20 23:10:41PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-08-20 23:35:18PM|
|available_at_catalog||Annex, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids|
|collection_catalog||Book Club In A Bag, Fiction|
|detailed_location_catalog||Annex - Adult Book Club In A Bag, Edmondson Pike - Adult Fiction, Green Hills - Adult Fiction|
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, 9781582432670, 9781582438870|
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|itype_catalog||, Book, Kit|
|local_callnumber_catalog||Book Club in a Bag, Fiction Shriver|
|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Annex, Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids|
|publishDate||2003, 2006, 2011|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000207431|Book|Books||English|Counterpoint,|c2003.|400 p. ; 25 cm., ils:CARL0000314138|Kit|Books||Unknown|Harper Perennial,|2006, c2003.|1 bag (Black and yellow) ; 30 x 44 cm. + 10 books, discussion questions, author's biography, "Tips for starting a successful Book club" and instructions for Book Club in a Bag program., overdrive:348cd7a3-028f-4562-856d-aba5eb1a3962|eBook|eBook||English|Counterpoint|2011|, overdrive:67651661-1dde-459e-8448-1c5715cfe9a4|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|HarperAudio|2011||
|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|
|title_short||We need to talk about Kevin :|
|topic_facet||Fiction, High schools, Literature, Massacres, Teenage boys|