In a series of long letters to her husband, Eva tries to make sense of the heinous thing their son Kevin did. Eve never really wanted to have children so did her ambivalence toward Kevin cause his later actions? In a gripping exploration of parental responsibilities and nature vs. nurture, Shriver’s prize winning novel tells of a non-maternal mother and a passive father willing to overlook some obvious red flags from their son who starts as a difficult baby and grows into a troubled teen. The subject is harsh and the writing is complicated but the journey is worth it and you’ll need to talk about Kevin when you’ve finished.
— Sydne, Atlanta
In this gripping novel of motherhood gone awry, Lionel Shriver approaches the tragedy of a high-school massacre from the point of view of the killer's mother.In letters written to the boy's father, mother Eva probes the upbringing of this more-than-difficult child and reveals herself to have been the reluctant mother of an unsavory son. As the schisms in her family unfold, we draw closer to an unexpected climax that holds breathtaking surprises and its own hard-won redemption. In Eva, Shriver has created a narrator who is touching, sad, funny, and reflective. A spellbinding read, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is as original as it is timely.