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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
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Five Stars for heartache on paper. Kevin's mother Eva tries to sort out just what went wrong as the child whom she could not love grew to become Malevolence Personified. The plot articulates the mental gymnastics required for constructing an artificial sense of peace, and the rift that can divide spouses when the two alternate realities dictate very different courses of action. But her opening quote attributed to Erma Bombeck summarizes the work best: "Perhaps a child needs love most when he is least lovable." The ending still pulses with hope.
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