The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry
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.
"Shriver handles this material, with its potential for cheap sentiment and soap opera plot, with rare skill and sense."--Newark Star Ledger "Furiously imagined."--Seattle Times "An underground feminist hit."--New York Observer "A slow, magnetic descent into hell that is as fascinating as it is disturbing."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "Powerful [and] harrowing."--Entertainment Weekly "Impossible to put down."--Boston Globe "Ms. Shriver takes a calculated risk . . . but the gamble pays off as she strikes a tone of compelling intimacy."--Wall Street Journal