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 Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn. 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.
Reading Group Guides – Includes Book Info, an Excerpt, and Discussion Questions
On the Web:
ft.com/arts & life – “Perfectly Flawed” by Lionel Shriver
The Guardian (UK) – “Lionel Shriver Talks About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver
Bomb Magazine – Interview with Lionel Shriver by Jenefer Shute (2005)
Identity Theory – Interview with Lionel Shriver by Robert Birnbaum (2003)