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... read more
Eva never really wanted to be a mother-and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow HS students, a cafe. worker, and a much-loved teacher who tried to befriend him. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Eva never really wanted to be a mother-and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow HS students, a cafe. worker, and a much-loved teacher who tried to befriend him. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsilbe for driving him so nihilistically of the rails.
“Big deeds are a lot of little deeds one after the other.”
“A child needs your love most when he deserves it least.”Erma Bombeck
“"How vital, the hard glass interface of that <TV> screen. Viewers don't want those shows spilling willy-nilly into their homes, any more than they want other people's sewage to overflow from their toilets."”
“You make me feel bad; feeling bad makes me mad; ergo, you make me mad.”
“now that children don't till your fields or take you in when you're incontinent, there is no sensible reason to have them, and it's amazing that with the advent of effective contraception anyone chooses to reproduce at all.”Eva
“I was the one who would be ripped to ribbons ramming a watermelon through a passage the size of a garden hose.”Eva
“From a young age there was only one thing I had always wanted ... and that was a good man who loved me and would stay true. Anything else was ancillary, a bonus like frequent-flier miles. I could have lived without children. I couldn't live without you.”Eva
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