Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We need to talk about Kevin : a novel by Lionel Shriver. Discussion book for October 2011.
We need to talk about Kevin, a novel by Lionel Shriver was written in 2003 and won the 2005 Orange Prize (a UK-based prize for female authors of any nationality writing in English.) We Need To Talk About Kevin has been made into a film which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011. It tells the fictional story of Kevin Katchadourian who killed seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. His mother, Eva, narrates the story in a series of letters to her estranged husband Franklin. As a successful career woman, Eva had been reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shared with Franklin to become a mother. When Kevin was born, she experienced extreme alienation and disliked him as he grew up to become a cruel and spiteful boy. After Kevin committed the murders, Eva fears that she may be to blame for what her son has become.
Discussion books for November: Kate Grenville's 'Colonial Trilogy': Secret River; The Lieutenant and Sarah Thornhill.