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Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver's novels include the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, which won the 2005 Orange Prize and has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Earlier books include Double Fault, A Perfectly Good Family, and Checker and the Derailleurs. Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

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Average rating: 3.92 · 177,553 ratings · 20,109 reviews · 38 distinct worksSimilar authors
We Need to Talk About Kevin

4.07 avg rating — 126,831 ratings — published 2003 — 100 editions
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The Post-Birthday World

3.53 avg rating — 12,167 ratings — published 2007 — 51 editions
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Big Brother

3.41 avg rating — 11,175 ratings — published 2013 — 35 editions
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So Much for That

3.71 avg rating — 6,914 ratings — published 2010 — 46 editions
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The Mandibles: A Family, 20...

3.65 avg rating — 5,642 ratings — published 2016 — 29 editions
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Double Fault

3.18 avg rating — 1,966 ratings — published 1997 — 29 editions
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A Perfectly Good Family

3.30 avg rating — 1,711 ratings — published 2007 — 21 editions
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The New Republic

2.99 avg rating — 1,450 ratings — published 2012 — 30 editions
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Game Control

3.23 avg rating — 711 ratings — published 1994 — 24 editions
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The Standing Chandelier: A ...

3.96 avg rating — 439 ratings2 editions
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“A lot of people get so hung up on what they can't have that they don't think for a second about whether they really want it.”
Lionel Shriver, Checker and the Derailleurs

“...You can only subject people to anguish who have a conscience. You can only punish people who have hopes to frustrate or attachments to sever; who worry what you think of them. You can really only punish people who are already a little bit good.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

“I thought at the time that I couldn't be horrified anymore, or wounded. I suppose that's a common conceit, that you've already been so damaged that damage itself, in its totality, makes you safe.”
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