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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.
Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered 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 Kevins 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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An Acquired Taste
I t has now entered the cultural canon that, on completion in , the manuscript of Lionel Shriver's seventh novel was widely rejected by publishers and literary agents alike. In retrospect, this incidental fact being widely known is alone a little weird. After all, every day writers numbly receive curt, dismissive rejections of work they've slaved over for years. Writers should have some grasp of publishing's brutality, and this morose process of having your beloved creations stepped on and pissed over comes with the territory. Hence people in my occupation are routinely expected, as Kevin would say, to suck it up. Sorry, did I say "Kevin"?
It’s perfectly true, We Need to Talk About Kevin is “not an issue-based movie”
Just over a week ago, at the Chardon High School near Cleveland, Ohio, a seventeen-year-old youth opened fire on fellow students: Six were wounded and three have died. It comes from a novel, by Lionel Shriver who was born Mary Anne Shriver , and it is scripted and directed by Lynne Ramsay, whose last feature film in was the remarkable Morvern Callar , in which Samantha Morton played a young woman who claims to be the author of a novel written by her boyfriend who has just killed himself. The novel of We Need to Talk About Kevin was set in Britain, but the movie has been transposed to the American provinces—it was filmed in Connecticut, but no place is named. Kevin is the sixteen-year-old son of Eva and Franklin John C. Reilly , and one day he goes to school with his weapon of choice and kills an unnamed number of kids.
In flashbacks, we learn something about his short, unhappy life. His mother, Eva Khatchadourian Tilda Swinton , we soon discover, was somewhat ambivalent about having a child in the first place. She seems anxious and out of place in the new home. Some of this discontent apparently rubs off on and damages her offspring. Kevin is nothing but trouble from the moment of his birth. He cries constantly as a baby.