If you're willing to ponder the darker side of humanity, consider reading Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.The narrator, Eva Khatchadourian was never completely sure she wanted to be a mother. She enjoyed the freedom that her career in travel writing afforded her, but it seemed inevitable that she would love her child as much as her she loved her husband. When she gave birth to Kevin, she felt an emotional numbness that she knew would dissipate as she got to know baby Kevin. When Keven cried all day, she tried to soothe him. When he refused to breast feed or engage in play, she questioned herself. When other parents didn't invite them back to play with their children, Eva knew why. When Kevin grew into a young man, things got even more difficult. Kevin is fiercely intelligent, but an unremarkable student. When he is out of sight, bad things happen to the people he's with, but nobody can ever prove he is at fault. Kevin's father readily accepts the excuses that seem so implausible in Eva's recounting. Kevin's power comes from a joylessness that leaves him indifferent to consequences. Eva's recounting of events makes you wonder who to believe in a family that's so divided. The book is as compelling as it is disturbing. Once you know Kevin, you'll never stop wondering about him.
A great book for discussion, We Need to Talk About Kevin has been adapted into a film featuring Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly. We Need to Talk About Kevin sold out in the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival and is due for wide release in January of 2012.
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